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Horry County uncertain about cost to shelter recently seized cats

The cost to Horry County for taking care of more than 100 cats remaining after they recently were seized from a local animal rescue mission is not clear, but having a storage space, crates, and litter and food donations are helping to relieve the costs, county officials said.

“It’s not as bad because we didn’t have to buy additional storage space or crates, and we have plenty of food and litter through donations,” said county spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.

The county was already paying utilities at the space - usually used for beach service storage - in Socastee that has been set up as a special shelter for the animals. And a judge who ordered for the county to remove the cats from Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary on Forestbrook Road also allowed for them to take the crates at the shelter, which meant the county didn’t have to buy any, Bourcier said.

The county is treating 101 of the 237 cats that were seized this week from SVAS, a nonprofit, no-kill shelter. Another 107 cats were euthanized and 29 were returned to sanctuary owner Elizabeth Owen.