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Jun 19, 2013 6:03 PM by Heather Jackson

Over 60 Cats & Dogs in Man's Home Slowly Getting Adopted

FLOUR BLUFF - A man who is housing over 30 cats and dogs...is slowly getting rid of the pets one by one. We ran a story last month about Tony Hartwell-he had 37 cats and 24 dogs.

"It was just very painful when we lost her.........and we weren't ready to relive that," Wanda McDaniel, a new Kitten Owner from Lake Corpus Christ says.

Wanda remembers the pain from losing her cat 15 years ago. Since then she has been searching for another cat to give her the same love.

Last month when she saw a little kitten on TV, she knew her search was over.

"He just seemed to mesh. I mean it was like wow...she's just everything we want. You know? I felt it," McDaniel says.

This kitten is one of the few that have been adopted-giving love to the owners that have found them.

Just like Charlene Spence from Robstown,who got an extra dog when he came just to pick up some cats.

"He jumped in the truck and took off with us and now we are just one big happy family out there-horses, dogs, and cats,"Charlene Spence, a new pet Owner from Robstown says.

Adopting out his pets has kept Tony Hartwell busy.

"I''ve got a lot of calls, a lot of text messages, actually 22 that one day right after it was seen on the 5 and 6 news," Tony Hartwell, Pet Owner says.

"Since we last did the story about a dozen cats and dogs have been adopted. So far he says he's lost about 6 dogs to new owners, and about 11 cats.

"To see all of them gone, to see all of them go to greater homes-mine was a good home...to go to greater homes it's a blessing and could only put a smile on my heart," Hartwell says.

"These dogs have been well taken care of. The dogs we picked up were microchipped, licensed, they have all their shots," Charlene explains.

"They'll make good pets for someone that will give them a home. That's all they want is a home," McDaniel endorses.


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