Nine lives for the walloon cat-lover

CAROL Adriaansen's long battle to keep her beloved cats is almost at an end as the final date to cull the animals expired Tuesday evening.

Health and regulation committee chairman Andrew Antoniolli granted an unofficial extension to Mrs Adriaansen.

Cr Antoniolli had been flexible with the reduction and offered an extension until Mrs Adriaansen was back on her feet.

Mrs Adriaansen from Walloon has reduced her pets to 15 from an original 30.

Six of the remaining cats must still be surrendered.

Due to her deteriorating health her son has been left with the grim task of picking out the cats to be destroyed.

She will be allowed to keep nine cats if she applies for a special breeder's permit.

She said losing the cats was like losing her family.

“When my son moves out of home the cats will be all I have left,” Mrs Adriaansen said.

“Every time I think about them I fall apart.

“It is heart-wrenching to see perfectly healthy cats taken from me and killed.

“I am begging someone, anyone in the community to come forward and adopt one from me.”

The six remaining cats have been desexed, are tortoise-shell in colour and range from five to eight years old.


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