Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Police take feral cats into protective custody

Litter of 6 placed into foster care; could go up for adoption

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley police took a litter of six kittens, whose mother is believed to be feral, into custody last week from the porch of a home in the Elkhorn foothills.

Police Chief Cameron Daggett said the kittens were found in the Camas Loop area on Wednesday, May 12. They were taken to the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley near Hailey, which has since placed them in foster care.

Shelter Manager Robin Potts said the kittens are 4 to 5 weeks old and are in the "cute, fuzzy stage." It's sort of a mixed bunch, she said. Some have long hair, some have medium-length hair and colors range from orange to black-and-white.

"They were a little hissy and stuff, and hopefully they'll become socialized so they can become adopted," Potts said.

The kittens are currently in impound status, meaning the shelter has to wait to see if an owner comes forward and claims them before adoption can begin.

Potts said the litter is the first that has been turned over to the animal shelter this year.

Daggett mentioned the kittens on Monday when asked by the Idaho Mountain Express if police had made any recent arrests.

"That's our only in-custody—six kittens," Daggett said.

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