Unclaimed animals from tornado remain at animal control

By Audrey Wise

December 12, 2013 Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM CDT

TREMONT, Ill -- Tazewell County Animal Control Officials are working to re-unite pets with their owners affected by last month's tornadoes. However, they have many that aren't being claimed, and soon they will need new homes.

The dogs and cats were lucky to survive the November 17th tornado. Now, their future is in question.

About 30 animals have been reunited with their owners from the Tazewell County Animal Control Center. But now, fewer and fewer people are looking for their pet.

"Now's the time that we're going to have to start thinking about finding homes for them," said Center Director Bob Marshall.

The center is left with 18 cats, 6 dogs and a turtle that they believe are from the tornado affected areas.

The dogs are being transferred to Joliet.

The director isn't sure why they are left with so many unclaimed animals.

"It just makes you wonder, are they animals from hell they didn't want them to start with and this is an easy way out? Or this is a complete life change?," said Marshall.

By law, they only have to keep the animals for seven days. Marshall said after too long, it becomes a health hazard.

"Once we get kennel cough started back there, everybody gets kennel cough. In the cat room, everybody gets upper respiratory. You know, it's not fair for the animals, he said.

Now they are working to contact other rescue groups to take some of their cats, or you can adopt one there.

"If we can't find any homes for the cats we will hold them to the end of the 30 day period and then we'll have to do whatever we have to do with them," said Marshall.

That's why Meghann Trancoso came all the way from Sterling, Illinois to adopt a cat.

"They've been though a lot already and a lot of them aren't going to get homes, maybe not even be rescued, so we need to find them homes and I'm here to do that," said Trancoso.

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