About a third of the cats seized from an animal hoarder in mid-September have been adopted from the Great Falls Animal Shelter in the first 10 days they were available, said shelter Director Jamie Bennett.
A total of 21 of the more than 60 available seized cats had been adopted as of Tuesday, but interest waned as the case becomes older, according to shelter staff.
Great Falls Police and Animal Control officers seized 95 cats and two dogs from the mobile home of Sherry Bickel on Sept. 13. Bickel, who originally was charged with more than 150 offenses, reached a plea agreement on just under 20 of those offenses Sept. 29. Under the terms of that agreement, the seized cats were relinquished to the Great Falls Animal Shelter for adoption and the dogs were released to her parents. After a routine health exam was performed on the cats, more than 60 were deemed healthy, paving the way for them to be adopted.