Knappa couple agrees to forfeitureCats and a dog seized by Clatsop County authorities in an animal neglect case are available for adoption through the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.

About 20 of the 58 cats confiscated from a Knappa residence are available to new loving homes. They range from kittens 8 to 10 weeks old to adult cats about 2 years old. More will be available as health-testing, medical treatment and socialization are completed.

"All of the cats that are available are very affectionate, friendly and highly adoptable," Acting Animal Control Supervisor Stephen Hildreth said.

The dog is an adult female and is a mixture of breeds that may include Corgi. She gets along well with people, cats and other dogs.

The former owners of the animals, James S. Kizer, 88, and his wife, Kathryn Michele Kizer, 36, are charged with 50 counts of second-degree animal neglect and one count of first-degree animal neglect. The Animal Shelter has cared for the animals since they were removed from the Kizers' home in May.

The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office filed forfeiture proceedings against the couple to gain custody of the animals. James Kizer agreed through his lawyer today to forfeit the animals, and his wife did earlier.

Of the 58 cats seized, one was dead at the home and nine were euthanized because of health issues. Many of the cats displayed respiratory problems. All of the cats are being tested for feline leukemia and feline im-mune deficiency virus (FIV), viruses that are highly contagious and often fatal.

Adoption fees of $55 for cats and $75 for dogs include neutering of the animal, license, leukemia testing and first leukemia shot for cats, first four-way immunization for cats, DHLP shot for dogs, animal behavior audiotape and adoption information packet.

The Animal Shelter is located in the North Coast Business Park in Warrenton near the Oregon Youth Authority facility. It is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 2 to 6 p.m Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. The phone number is 861-7387.

The Animal Shelter continues to need volunteers to help care for the influx of animals resulting from this and other animal hoarding investigations and the usual seasonal increase of kittens and puppies.

"Our volunteers and the contributions we receive from local businesses and residents make a huge difference to the animals in our care," Hildreth said.


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