Cats seized from Fargo minivan not up for adoption yet

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) Fargo police say they plan to pursue formal charges against a woman who had about 30 cats and kittens locked inside her minivan on a hot day.

Officers seized the animals Thursday, but they’re not up for adoption just yet because some were not in good shape.

Heather Clyde, operations director for Homeward Animal Shelter in Fargo, said in the past they’ve dealt with situations where animals seized from owners by law enforcement are turned over to their shelters for care.

“We just dealt with some situation last year where a lot of unhealthy cats came in at the same time so it took a lot of effort,” Clyde said.

The shelter currently has dozens of cats up for adoption.

Some were left behind by their owners, other have gone through trauma. But one thing they have in common is that they’re in need of a home.

“We're in the midst of what we in the shelter world call kitten season... it's when all the kittens come pouring in,” Clyde said.

According to the Fargo Police Department, the cats were discovered locked in a white minivan at the parking lot of Romantix located at 417 NP Ave N.

The person isn’t being identified by police because the individual hasn’t been formally charged.

Clyde said she can’t discuss if the cats seized Thursday are in the shelter’s possession since it’s an active investigation.

“We just take action. We find foster families. We make room at the shelter. The biggest thing is getting those animals vaccinated and getting the veterinary care that they need,” Clyde said.

In the meantime, there are cats available for adoption at Homeward. Someone who’s interested can fill out an application, and they’ll receive an answer in 24 to 48 hours.