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9 Cats Left Abandoned in Palm Springs, CA, Self-Storage Unit


Nine cats were found earlier this month locked inside a unit at a StorAmerica Self Storage facility in Palm Springs, Calif. All of the animals were contained in crates. One of them died before being rescued, while the others were taken to the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and are doing well, according to the source.

The cats were discovered after Lora Mattal, a tenant at 4550 E. Mesquite Ave., heard faint meows coming from the unit on June 7, a day when the temperature reached 102 degrees. She alerted the facility’s managers and was told they had called the renter.

Three days passed without any action, so Mattal took matters into her own hands, using bolt-cutters to cut the lock. "I [opened] the door and there [were] nine cats locked in cages. One of them was dead, and his foot was stuck in the cage because he had been trying to get out,” she said, adding the death might have been avoided had facility management responded faster.

A post on the unit door from animal control stated the cats were found without water and some had matted fur. The Palm Springs Police Department is investigating the crime, but no charges have been filed. A StorAmerica manager told the source the tenant has been given a vacate notice.

StorAmerica is a subsidiary of Guardian Storage Centers, a privately held firm headquartered in Irvine, Calif. Guardian and its affiliates own and operate 66 storage facilities in Arizona and California.


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