Cats and dogs are seized from Northland no-kill shelter

11/01/2013 7:43 AM

11/01/2013 7:43 AM

Sixty-eight dogs and cats were seized Wednesday from a Kansas City, North, animal shelter that allegedly kept the animals in unsanitary conditions.

Authorities took them from Forever Friends Animal League in the 7800 block of North Oak Trafficway. A member of the Humane Society visited the no-kill shelter Wednesday to investigate if it allowed people to adopt sick animals and noticed the conditions, said Chris Hernandez, a city spokesman.

No one from Forever Friends could be reached for comment.

Police and workers with the city’s animal control department and the Missouri Department of Agriculture found the animals being kept in dirty kennels. The state agency oversees the business license for the facility.

The animals, 37 dogs and 31 cats, were taken to the KC Pet Project, the city’s shelter. Most appeared to be in fair condition, but several had upper respiratory infections, said Teresa Johnson, the group’s executive director.

Authorities are continuing to investigate. The operators of Forever Friends previously have been cited for numerous animal control and municipal violations, Hernandez said.

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