It was supposed to be a new beginning for 60+ cats left to run wild inside a Teller County home.
The local animal shelter worked out a plan letting in rescue groups and those interested in adopting the felines on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
But when shelter workers and authorities arrived at the foreclosed home... they found 30 to 40 of the most desirable cats had vanished.
Kari Henrie drove in from Black Forest and got one cat, but hoped to adopt more.
Henrie says, "I think it's absolutely ridiculous. There's a lot of people who were here earlier that came from rescue groups and private citizens... who just want to adopt a cat... and all the desirable ones are gone."
Officials with the Teller County Sheriff's Office say they're now investigating a possible tresspass and burglary case.
Mary Steinbeiser and her staff worked countless hours trying to save the cats.
She says, "I'm baffled by it. I'm hoping they did it with the right intentions."
Traps are being set to capture the feral cats... which will be taken in by rescue groups... since a bank's supposed to take possession of the home on Thursday.
Meanwhile... the cats' owner has no comment about the situation.
She's behind bars in Arapahoe County,south of Denver.
You may recall our Call for Action story about 46 year old Helen Hovis who reportedly used the name Lyne Hovis.
Registered with Hilton Financial Colorado and Mountain Spirit Investments... investigators say she took thousands from numerous business owners looking for high dollar commercial loans... giving them nothing in return.
The advance fee loan scheme landed her in jail charged with felony theft.
A source close to Hovis tells me it's a sad situation.
Hovis reportedly was conned by a Nigerian man she met over the internet and got caught up in the scam trying to pay off debtors and recoup her losses. Her preliminary hearing is set for mid-May.
An anonymous donor has agreed to give $1,000 towards the care of the cats if others pitch in and match the thousand dollar amount.
For more information contact the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter at 719-686-7707.
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