Lincoln Hazmat Called To Recuse Cats After Animal Welfare Appeal Wednesday | News

LINCOLN – Lincoln Animal Control and the Fire Department’s hazmat team worked overnight Wednesday to rescue cats from a home after an animal welfare tip on Riverbend Lane.

Lincoln Fire Chief Josh Vincent said at the scene that Animal Control and Lincoln Code Enforcement received an anonymous tip around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday regarding animal welfare at a home in Riverbend.

Vincent, who is temporarily handling code enforcement, said when he arrived he could see evidence of animals accumulating on the road.

“Once the owner arrived and gave consent to animal control to remove the animals and due to the conditions, hazmat was called,” Vincent said.

The chief said fire personnel arrived at 3:15 p.m. Hazmat, Animal Control and Lincoln Investigator Demarco Willis had not left the scene by 6 p.m. Wednesday and were still trying to remove the cats from the home.

Vincent said they had removed about 10 animals by 6 p.m., but the final number was yet to be determined.

He said all the cats seemed to be feral.

The chief said a member of the fire department was rushed to the emergency room from the scene with injuries sustained from an animal bite.

Vincent said the Lincoln Police Department and Animal Control are investigating the incident, but Willis declined to comment on that on-scene investigation.

Taylor Mitchell is a Daily Home reporter covering Pell City.

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