UPDATE: 6:00 p.m.
ET – The number of cats in a Texas animal shelter has more than doubled since the deadly cat infestation began, with many being killed in the process.
The Associated Press reported Sunday that more than 20 people died over the weekend at an animal shelter in Petaluma, Texas.
A total of 15 cats and dogs have been euthanased, according to a statement from the Petalum County Animal Shelter.
Many of the dead animals are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of people in the United States.
The shelter’s manager said Saturday that the cats and dog deaths had come in the wake of an outbreak that started last month in the San Antonio area.
A spokesperson for the Petalsuma Animal Shelter, who did not want to be named, said that the shelter is still working to find out how many people died.
The city of Petalatum is home to a large homeless population, and many of the animals that were found in the shelters had been there for years, she said.