LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Lane County officials have posted a “Do Not Enter” notice on a home near Veneta that has an estimated 400 cats living around it, calling it unsafe to live in.
Lane County spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge said the house was inspected on Friday and they posted the signs because of the health conditions inside the home. She said they found animal feces inside and said construction of the house was never completed, leaving exposed wires.
While Ashbridge said the home is not safe to live in, county officials are allowing people to go into the house to remove animals and personal belongings.
KaSandra Riley, a woman who said she lives on the property but not at the home in question, told KEZI 9 News she knew this was coming and contacted county officials for a site visit.
"It is unsafe. Nobody can live in that house," Riley said.
Meanwhile, Mark Dunn the director of local nonprofit Save the Pets said they have raised more than $2,000 to help the cats and are expecting a donation of 900 pounds of cat food on Wednesday.
"It's amazing. It really surprises me every time I see a donation or someone hands over a check or even a couple dollars," Dunn said. "I'm very grateful for it."
Dunn said they have not spent any of the money they have received yet and have been reaching out to the National Humane Society for help. He said they are still waiting to get legal permission from the property owner before they rescue any of the cats.
To learn more about rescue efforts and to donate, go to the Save the Pets Facebook page. You can also email them at savethepetsOR@gmail.com.
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