40 cats and two dogs in neglected condition found in Ramallah apartment

The police arrested the 50-year-old man residing in the apartment after he threatened them, and he was taken to a psychiatric examination.

Dogs and cats found in Ramallah apartment (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
Dogs and cats found in Ramallah apartment
(photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
Police and Agriculture Ministry representatives found 40 cats and two dogs in poor condition in an apartment in Ramallah, following complaints about an unbearable odor, according to the police spokesperson's unit.
The police arrested the 50-year-old man residing in the apartment after he threatened them, and he was taken to a psychiatric examination.
The animals under his neglectful care were transferred to the municipal veterinarian. In addition, the municipal welfare authorities are now in charge of taking care of the apartment.
The incident is far from unfounded, and rescue workers are well aware with the phenomena of hording animals.
"It's just awful, and we're very familiar with this sort of incident," said Gadi Wittner, spokesperson for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SCPA) in Israel.
"People take them into their homes unconsciously, thinking that it's the right thing to do. But it's actually very harmful. Keeping them in such a confined space is very unhealthy, as their immune systems are lowered and they begin to stress, diseases can easily fester and fleas and ticks can easily spread, all with the person who gathered them being unaware of the harm they're causing.
"This is a mental illness, and it should be treated to make sure this never happens again."
Wittner thanked the Agriculture Ministry for securing the cats and isolating them, adding that usually cats need extensive rehabilitation and cannot always be put up for adoption.
Earlier this week, two minors from the village of Kuseifa in southern Israel were arrested on Monday after allegedly abusing puppies in a TikTok video. In the video, two individuals are torturing young puppies by cutting their ears.

Tobias Siegal contributed to this report.