101 Dalmatians Found in an Abandoned Menchies’ Ice Cream Store

Dalmatian with tongue sticking out
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Hannah Levenson, Feature Editor

Solon, OH– Having a large population of stray animals appears to be a problem in the greater Cleveland area. Recently, more than 80 orange cats were found in a single home  in Twinsburg. 

Cat ladies seem to be getting a little too carried away these days. Aren’t we all just a little bit more lonely these days? Yes, it is good to have a pet, I have a dog and two cats myself, but 80 cats, that’s certainly going to be one large vet bill. By the time you reach 80 cats, who knows if they are all being cared for properly when there are so many. Your love for cats and dogs may be endless, but your ability to care for them is not.

A week later from the orange cats incident, officials have found 101 dalmatians in the abandoned Menchies ice cream store last Tuesday at 6 p.m. The dogs were initially held in the holding pen at the Solon Police Station before animal adoption workers loaded all of the dogs into an SUV.

Solon resident Cruella de Ville said she was upset upon hearing the dalmatians were turned over to a shelter as she would not be able to use the dalmatians fur to make her fur coats. 

“I live for fur,” DeVille said. “I worship fur. I am a fashion designer after-all.” 

Deville also said it is going to be a rough winter without having a dalmatian fur coat. Although this is not her first introduction to the furry friends, it should certainly be the last. De Ville was overheard by volunteers saying to an adoption counselor at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter (CCAS), after learning her application for adoption was denied,

“All right. Keep the little beasts. Drown them for all I care.”

Local veterinarian Dr. Jane Winokur believes that there have been a large number of dalmatians found due to people neglecting to spay and neuter their dogs.

“Most shelters will spay or neuter your pet before you take them home,” Winokur said. “People worry about potentially killing cats and dogs, but really, it’s the exact opposite.” Winokur explained that millions of cats and dogs are euthanized each year because the ratio of adoptable pets to families is greatly disproportionate.

Winokur also said taking pets to a shelter when you can no longer care for them is more humane as they are more likely to find a new home, rather than leaving them on a street. 

“It’s just really sad to think about all those animals,” Winokur said. “People abandon their dogs and cats outdoors, when they could be surrendered to a shelter where they would have a better chance at survival.” 

All 101 of the dalmatians were turned over to the CCAS with their fur intact. Medical needs of the dogs are currently being treated, and CCAS would appreciate any money or item donations. The dalmatians have yet to be named, but there is a contest to come up with a theme to name the dogs. Information about the naming contest and adoption prices can be found on the CCAS website.