Metro Animal Shelter ‘overwhelmed’ with animals after hoarding case (PHOTOS)

Officers remove one of 8 large birds found inside a home. Sixty-five animals in all were taken from the residence and put in Metro Animal Shelter. (Brendan Lachance, Oil City)

Metro Animal Shelter has been crowded this summer, and last night it got even worse.

According to Metro Animal Shelter manager Tory Walsh, all of the 65 animals rescued from a Casper home on Wednesday afternoon are now at Metro indefinitely.

“All 65 animals were brought here last night and are being held as evidence until it goes through court,” said Walsh.

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“What was brought to us was 42 dogs, 14 cats, 8 parrots and a chicken. We’re holding them at the request of the police department,” said Walsh.

Police had not released new information on the case or the name of the pet owner by Thursday afternoon. The house was described as being filled with animals and every room covered in animal feces.

“As far as the future of the animals, we have no idea. It’s up to the judge,” said Walsh.

Walsh says the shelter had received “probably 100” calls from the public by Thursday afternoon offering to help.

“There are a lot of great people out there asking ‘how can I help, what can I do,’ it’s been a tremendous outpouring,” she said.

Walsh says one of the best things citizens can do is adopt one of the 160 animals that were already in the shelter before the police case.

“Before yesterday we had 160 animals here already that needed a home,” she said. Fostering pets is also an option.

The shelter is already waving adoption fees on cats this month, said Walsh.