|Updated: 1/24 8:25 pm
||Published: 1/24 5:31 pm
The Humane Society officials said close to a dozen animals have been rescued from a home in Collinsville.
A fire Friday killed some of the cats in the home; the Humane Society rescued the rest of them.
This was the third time the Humane Society took animals from this home.
Three years ago they took 34 of the 76 cats living on the property. In August they took 15 cats.
They said this time conditions for the animals were far worse.
Nicole Perridore’s sister contacted the Humane Society over the weekend, and said she wasn’t taking care of her animals.
“She wasn’t able to be there. She had run into some drug addiction. And so her animals were doing without food and water for long periods of time," said Evan Fadem with the Humane Society.
Officials said Perridore refused to give her animals up.
Then on Tuesday, she was arrested in Mayes County and locked up for assaulting an officer, driving with an open container and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Still, they said she refused to give up her animals from inside the jail.
“A lot of her cats were living outside in a coop-type thing which caught on fire yesterday,” said Fadem.
Perridore didn’t know how many animals she had or how many died in the fire.
“(There were) 11 cats in August, and there were only six cats today. She lost at least five,” said Fadem.
Friday, the Humane Society went in to get the surviving animals.
“It was awful. I mean, it was not safe for anyone to live in,” said Fadem.
They pulled out five dogs and six cats, all of them starving and dehydrated and one of the cats had burns.
“(There are) times that it’s very discouraging the way people treat their pets. I think Ghandi said the measure of a nation is by the way they treat their pets, treat their animals,” said Fadem.
Vets at the Humane Society are going to clean the animals up and nurse them all back to health, then they will all be put up for adoption.