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SVAS Cats Find Happy Endings

Written by PETA | March 22, 2011

For many of the cats who were rescued from the dungeon-like Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary (SVAS) facility in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it may seem like a dream come true. Trading cramped, filthy cages for cuddling, the cats are settling into their comfy new forever homes after the Horry County Animal Care Center held successful cat adopt-a-thons over the last couple of weekends. Dozens of people attended the events at the special shelter set up for the cats. Adoption opportunities will continue through this week. 

Since being rescued from the hoarding facility last month following a PETA investigation, the cats have undergone veterinary treatment for illnesses including upper respiratory infections, conjunctivitis, gaping and infected wounds, and painful dental conditions. PETA has submitted extensive evidence to the Horry County Solicitor’s Office based on its investigation and is urging the solicitor to file state-level cruelty-to-animals charges against SVAS owner and operator Elizabeth Owens. You can help! Please send a polite e-mail to Solicitor Greg Hembree asking him to move forward with new charges in the case.

After much TLC, the cats are healing nicely and many have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, wormed, and treated for fleas. The cats who are going up for adoption this week were not yet ready to attend the earlier adoption events, but they’re now much healthier and ready for their own happily ever after. Thank you, Horry County, for getting these cats the help they need and deserve!

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • margaret bainbridge says:

    Iam so proud, to be a patr of peta, unfortunatly i live on the other side of the world, so can really only write letters for you guys, the work you do for the animals in america is amazing, they poor cats, thank god you rescued them

  • Erika Ali says:

    Well said, Lorelei! This is a fantastic story that brought tears to my eyes. I’m THRILLED that these sweet peas are getting a forever home!!!

  • Kim Michele says:

    How unfortunate that so many cats had to be pts due to the abuse/negligence of Ms. Owens. However, I am cheered to see the remaining cats will have a second chance for the life that every animal deserves.

  • Diana Covington says:

    I am so relieved that most of Owens’ cats have been rescued and are now being cared for. So sad that so many had to be put down, though. People that allow this type of thing to exist are truly criminal and need to suffer serious consequences and strictly never allowed to own an animal again.

  • Sylvia says:

    At long last, Elizabeth Owens has been caught for her dreadful deeds. Now, off with her head!

  • Lorelei Wendland says:

    Please charge Elizabeth Owens to the full extent of the law. Humans must be taught that animals cannot be treated like garbage.

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