NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An investigation is underway after 19 cats—most of whom were already dead—were discovered inside a dumpster in Hermitage Thursday night.
The felines were reportedly found in a dumpster near the T-Mobile store in the 5100 block of Old Hickory Boulevard on Thursday, Nov. 2.
According to Matthew Peters, a spokesperson for the Metro Public Health Department and Metro Animal Care and Control (MACC), only two of the 19 cats were still alive, but after being taken to an emergency veterinary clinic, they are doing well.
The two survivors arrived at MACC’s facility on Friday, Nov. 3, Peters told News 2.
Peters said his team is still investigating the scene while working with the Metro Nashville Police Department.
If you have any information that will help authorities investigate this case, you are asked to call Peters’ team at 615-862-7928.
News 2 spoke with Angie Hess, who found the felines in the dumpster: “I just saw fur and didn’t know what I was looking at at first. I mean, it took me a minute to register, and then I went to the gas station to call 911.”
No additional details have been released about the circumstances surrounding the 17 cats’ deaths.
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