Jun 21, 2013 7:12 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - In May, animal control gave a Flour Bluff man a month to get rid of nearly all his 60 dogs and cats. He found homes for some, but about half were hauled away Friday.
animal control took 27 kitties out of Tony Hartwell's home this morning in Flour Bluff. For the past seven years, Hartwell home was once filled with 60 barking and meowing animals.
"12 is not enough. you know with Steve Martin where 12 is not enough? no, but when you have that many animals. i made it like i loved the country. i like doing ranching type of work, and to me it was my little ranch," says Hartwell.
While the animals were well cared for city ordinance only allows residents to own six animals.
"His heart is in the right place, but under the ordinance it's just not allowed," say Commander Todd Hartwell.
Which is why after a month of searching for new homes for these animals, he handed the remaining cats to Animal Control.
"Yes, it's a very hard decision because I look at them like my kids. I raised them, sort of like I changed their diapers. I didn't breast feed them, but I changed their diapers," says Hartwell.
The dogs that once lived in Hartwell's home were all adopted,but was not able to find homes for all the cats.
"I believe my home was good, but now they are going to a greater place and I hope that it's a greater place that will be a home forever," says Hartwell.
As the last of the kitties were taken away the empty home and cages are a reminder he's now an empty nester from not only his two sons, but now from most of his four legged children.
The cats taken from Tony Hartwell's home are now up for adoption at Animal Control.