The shelter is only legally authorized to care for up to 28 animals at a given time. But Sherry Przybylski, who operates the nonprofit with her husband, said that the couple took in a lot of sick cats, many of whom died. "But we took it all on," she told the Tribune. "The surgeries, the sickness, the giving fluids every couple of hours and sadly, the death that occurred with many." Her husband Brian Przybylski blamed the city for allowing them to take too many cats from the shelter. The couple plans to shut down their shelter by the end of the year, and will transfer their remaining cats to other shelters.
The investigation is ongoing and the Przybylski's may face administrative penalties from the Agriculture Department for violations of the state's Animal Welfare Act if the state believes a criminal offense has occurred.