A woman from Northland in Kansas City, Missouri, who had 26 cats seized over the weekend says she’s not a “crazy cat lady.” Stacey Barricks’ cats are now at the KC Pet Project and she says she doesn’t know what to do without them. She said she’s also trying to find a new place to live. She said she loves all 26 cats and knows all of their names. She also said she’s heard all the jokes.
“Crazy cat lady, of course,” she said. “That’s okay. I don’t care.”
Now she just wants to get back that cats that were seized on Saturday. Kansas City ordinances only allow for four pets per house.
“Saturday, everything just fell apart,” she said. “You don’t understand. I didn’t just lose all my cats. Those are my babies.”
Complicating matters, Barricks is having to move out. She said a man at a nearby laundromat told her she could move into the duplex.
The problem is, he doesn’t own it.
Another woman does and she said she has no idea who that man is. She said no one should be living at the house, which hasn’t had running water or electricity in months. The property owner said she’s working with her insurance company and police to get things back in order.
Barricks has been given 48 hours to get all of her belongings out of the house and off the property.
“It sucks. It sucks. I am in shock right now. I have been doing a lot of crying,” said Barricks.
She’s packing up, not sure where to move or where everything went so wrong.
“People hurt me worse than those cats ever did,” she said. “People cost me more money than them cats ever did. People take more work than them cats ever did, even as hard as it was.”
The cats will be ready for adoption at the KC Pet Project in a matter of days, though Barricks said she hopes to be able to keep at least four of them.