Abhorrent Conditions Reported at Kitten Mill in California

MONTEREY, Calif. (October 29, 2021) — In Defense of Animals is seeking justice for dozens of purebred cats and kittens who were victims of the animal breeding industry (also known as kitten mills). The organization stepped up to defend surviving cats upon receiving calls and emails from outraged supporters. According to confidential sources, Saturday, October 30 is the deadline for the alleged cat breeder to retrieve the cats now held in custody. Time is of the essence to influence legal stipulations placed on the breeder.

Approximate Timeline of Events

Image courtesy In Defense of Animals.

Note: IMAGES from the scene are graphic and disturbing and have been omitted for sensitive viewers/readers.

In Defense of Animals stated that at the site, a concerned resident and the Sheriff’s deputy found three deceased kittens in litter boxes and 40 live cats, many starving and emaciated, living in cages filled with feces. Many cats appeared to be unsocialized and scared. There were at least two litters of kittens and some senior cats living in cages with matted fur and infected eyes. A mother was separated from her tiny kittens, and she rushed to be with her kittens as soon as she was liberated.

What’s Being Done?

In advocating for the surviving cats, In Defense of Animals aims to ensure:

  • No cats are returned to this breeder.
  • Charges are sufficient to give the SPCA for Monterey County and other authorities the right to certain stipulations, such as limiting the number of animals in the home and requiring all of them to be spayed/neutered, no breeding animals for sale, and inspections of the premises.
  • Each and every seized cat gets the foster care and rehabilitation necessary to be adopted out to loving homes and to ascertain the condition and fate of the cats in custody as a matter of public interest.
  • Authorities must find/locate the alleged missing 8-12 Scottish Fold cats.

“After this tragic case of neglect and cruelty, we hope everyone starts rescuing and stops buying animals,” said Lisa Levinson, of In Defense of Animals. “Even when breeders are registered with professional associations, it provides no protection or proof of compassionate or cruelty-free lives for the animals who suffer in silence behind closed doors. Purchasing animals supports the proliferation of kitten and puppy mills, where the bred animals are forced to live lonely lives in cages and runs, often without proper care.”