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Richmond SPCA offers to help Chesterfield couple overrun with cats

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

The Richmond SPCA has offered to help a Chesterfield couple whose property is overrun with wild cats.

Nancy and Rye Curtis are currently caring for more than 30 feral cats and their landlord has given them an ultimatum: it's either them or the cats.

The Curtises are animal lovers to a fault. They didn't want to take the cats to a kill shelter, even though the animals claw their doors at all hours looking for food and shelter.

"I'm at my wits end," said Nancy Curtis. "I don't know what to do."

According to Nancy, the cats began to appear when their neighbor passed away in January. He once took care of the cats but that responsibility has now fallen to the Curtises. After months of breeding, the cats have multiplied.

"I can't stand anything to be hungry so anything I have I give it to them but it's never enough," said Nancy.

Both Nancy and Rye are disabled and live on a tight budget, but say they'd rather live with the cats than see them put down.

"What we want ideally is for these cats to go someplace where they're safe," said Rye Curtis. "We want them to be taken care of and happy."

The Richmond SPCA came to the rescue Friday. The organization offered to help the Curtises with and waive the $50 rental deposit per trap for the couple

To clarify an earlier report, the Richmond SPCA does not charge for Trap Neuter Return services.

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