Kozaryn disputes the report on Channel 7 news that said many of the cats were seriously ill. According to Kozaryn, some were sick, but “it was the equivalent of a cold. It’s easily treated, nothing serious. There were no dead cats.”
“These people took really good care of these cats,” Kozaryn said. They would drive to a low-cost clinic in the Shenandoah valley to get them neutered, and all the cats have rabies tags, she said, noting that the women spent about $20,000 a year at the Columbia Pike Animal Hospital. In fact, when one of the cats had something wrong with one of its eyes, they paid $1,000 to have it removed. “It’s not about controlling animals. It’s about love,” she said.
Despite the trauma to Eleanor and Paula, Kozaryn praises Fairfax Animal Control and the Police Department. “They’ve been incredible. They are kind and patient; they’re very understanding and respectful,” she said. “The whole operation has been so humane.”