Shelter lowers adoption fee to $1 for animals in Buda cruelty case

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Animals from last November’s animal cruelty seizure case near Buda are still being re-homed, according to the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter.

A total of 176 animals were found living through inhumane conditions at The Leisure Cat Animal Shelter owned by Thomas Caffey, 49, and Melissa Caffey, 47, who face two counts of Child Endangerment Criminal Negligence. Melissa Caffey also faces 10 counts of Cruelty to Non-Livestock animals.

“This was the largest seizure case our animal shelter has ever had to deal with, and the deplorable living conditions and poor health of the animals made it even more challenging,” said Kara Montiel Animal Services Manager.

At the shelter, several kittens contracted histoplasmosis, a disease that is highly contagious and can be transmitted to humans. The disease proved fatal for some of the cats, but the others were successfully treated.

Of the 176 animals seized and brought to the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter, three were returned to their owners, 62 were adopted, 74 were transferred and 11 were returned to the field. Three animals died and nine were euthanized while in the shelter’s care.

“To nurse 93 percent of the animals back to health, and so far, find homes for 85 percent of them in a little over three months, that’s an amazing accomplishment,” Montiel said.

The San Marcos shelter is lowering the adoption fee for the remaining animals to $1 in hopes of finding them homes. All adoptions with the shelter will include spay or neutering, microchip, kennel vaccine, rabies vaccine, and city license for the animal.

Pictures of the seizure, as well as details on the animals rescued, can be found at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter’s website.

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