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TJO dealing with influx of animals

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

More than 100 animals rescued this week from a Springfield home has a local animal control center asking for help. 

There were 87 cats, seven dogs, a ferret, a parrot, and other wildlife animals in the home - all of which were taken to the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center for help and in turn, doubled their animal population. 

The organization is asking the community for donations to help these poor animals back to health because many of the animals rescued were in terrible conditions.  

"These animals...a lot of them have significant disease," said Dr. Lauren Atkins, the center's veterinarian.

Ear mites, fleas, and parasites are just some of the issues these animals have after nearly 100 animals were rescued from a home in Springfield on Tuesday. 

Atkins said that many of the animals in such bad shape, they had to euthanize them. 

Atkins explained that many of the other animals "are underweight" and "have major issues as well, especially disease."  She noted that a lot of the cats are getting major dental work.

With the number of animals at the shelter now doubled, it's putting a strain on their resources.

"Obviously, this is beyond our capacity.  As you can see, we have animals in crates for the time being.  We can use donations," Atkins said.

TJO said that they need the community's help now and any donation helps. 

You can by providing paper towels, canned cat and dog food, gift cards to Walmart or Big Y, and monetary donations. 

Other animal shelters are stepping in as well.  Twenty cats for were given to the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, and the MSPCA in Boston is helping as well.

The skunks, raccoons, and fox we sent off to MSPCA officials that specializes in the care of wild animals.  

For the animals that are feral, they're being sent to a barn in Western Massachusetts. 

If you want to adopt an animal, TJO said that now is the time, so they can open up some more room. 

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