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30 cats abandoned in Dubuque cemetery

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is overflowing with cats after they took in almost 30 felines that were abandoned in a cemetery.

The Humane Society received the call Thursday. A cemetery employee discovered the cats left behind a steeple.

The shelter took in the cats despite already being at capacity.

“But in this situation, all of these cats were cohabiting together. They were all found in the cemetery in one spot,” said Amanda Shaffer, Manager of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. “When the woman came in, she said that she found them all hanging out by the steeple and that was that.”

The cats vary in age; with some only a few-months-old and others up to two years. And while some of the cats are being treated for fleas, ear mites and small ailments, most of the cats are in healthy condition.

“All the cats are extremely friendly and they are all handle-able,” said Shaffer. “Some of them are a little scared. But we were able to handle all of them [Thursday] without any issues.”

However, the question still remains as to how the cats got to the cemetery. It is a mystery that might never be solved.

“Because there can be multiple scenarios or situations in which they came from. So we just like to keep an open mind on everything,” said Shaffer. “And we’re just so grateful that they’re here and they’re getting the treatment that they deserve.

Police said that anyone found abandoning animals could face criminal charges.

The shelter is currently accepting donations to help with the take-in. And while these cats are not ready to be adopted, the shelter is offering discounted rates for other cats that are ready for adoption.

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