SIOUX CITY | Eight cats rescued in October from a Sioux City house are ready for a new home. They are among the only survivors of 69 live cats taken from the house.

The cats, all males, were made available after they tested negative for feline leukemia after a 60-day quarantine, said Cindy Rarrat, of Sioux City Animal Control. Nine cats were eligible for adoption, but one found a new home last week.

“We’re happy that we could save them, wishing that we could’ve saved more, but some is better than none,” Rarrat said.

The animals were taken from 1818 Grandview Blvd. The house was covered with feces and extremely unsanitary, officials said.

Homeowner Mark Lanning has been charged with 14 counts of animal neglect, all misdemeanors. The case is still pending.

It took several days for Sioux City Animal Control officers to catch and, later, trap all 69 cats and remove several dead cats from the home.

Animal Control officers later found approximately 20 dead cats stashed in boxes behind the house, Rarrat said, pushing the total number of live and dead animals removed to 101.

All but a dozen of the cats taken from the home were euthanized shortly after their capture due to upper respiratory illnesses, including feline leukemia, or because they were deemed too unsocial for adoption.

Three female cats were later euthanized after they showed signs of illness and tested positive for feline leukemia, a disease fatal to cats, Rarrat said.

The day the remaining cats find a new home will be bittersweet for staff at the Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center, where they have been held since being removed from the house, Rarrat said.

“It’ll be a happy, but sad, day,” Rarrat said. “We’re hoping by Christmas that they can find their forever home.”

Cost to adopt a cat is $25. For details, call Sioux City Animal Control at 712-279-6968.


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