“Overwhelmed” animal rescue under investigation

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture is trying to find out what happened to more than 1,000 cats adopted by Purrs from the Heart.The not-for-profit has been adopting cats and placing them in foster homes for around 4 years and they tell WGN they just overwhelmed, but insist they never put any cats in harms way.

The head of the organization say they tried to save as many cats from Chicago’s shelter and would up adopting 12o0 cats this past year.  They say the cats were very sick and about 500 died and 45 were euthanized.  About 100 – 150 of the animals were placed in a home on Paulina Street.  Purrs from the Heart paid the owner of the home to look after the cats, but when the organization found out they weren’t being cared for, they places them elsewhere, something investigators are looking into.  30 – 40 cats were taken to a barn in the western suburbs.

Cats from both places will now be moves to the Treehouse Humane Society where they have a full-time staff and a vet.

Purrs from the Heart says it is done rescuing cats for now.

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