The 110 cats removed Dec. 13 from a residence on Olde Ridenour Road officially belong to Columbus Humane, after a $64,000 bond due by Dec. 30 wasn't posted.
"The bond was not paid, so the cats are now the responsibility of Columbus Humane," said Kerry Shaw, the agency's director of communications.
Columbus Humane, formerly known as the Capital Area Humane Society, investigates cases of animal cruelty and neglect, and has been sheltering homeless animals for 134 years.
Columbus Humane removed 111 living cats from the Olde Ridenour residence owned by Daniel Slyby on Dec. 13, and another 55 were found dead. One of the 111 cats was euthanized due to its health conditions, Shaw said.
Slyby was charged with four counts of animal cruelty and seven counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records of Dec. 20 in the environmental-court division.
All charges are second-degree misdemeanors.
A pretrial for the case is set for Feb. 13.
Shaw said Columbus Humane's medical team is still treating the cats for upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal issues, skin issues and ringworm.
She said the latter is difficult to treat in a shelter environment because it is highly contagious and the animals have to be dipped every day in a specific bath treatment.
"With so many of them, and a large number of them that are not used to being handled, it takes time," Shaw said. "I am getting daily updates and continual evaluations will be happening (the week of Jan. 1) to see if they have been responding to treatment."
All things considered, she said, the surviving cats are adjusting fairly well.
It isn't known if the cats eventually will be available for adoption.
About a dozen staff members from Columbus Humane, including agents and veterinary staff, worked to remove the animals last month. Gahanna police provided assistance.
The Columbus Humane facility at 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Court in Hilliard was closed to the public in order to address the case on Dec. 13, but it reopened Dec. 14.
Niel Jurist, Gahanna's public information manager, said the case isn't the city's to pursue.
The warrant was issued by the municipal court's environmental-court division.
According to Gahanna city code, no resident may keep more than five adult animals for pleasure, profit, breeding or exhibition without obtaining a kennel license and complying with the zoning code.
City Code 505.09, Animal Nuisance Conditions Prohibited, further states, "No person shall keep or harbor any animal in the city so as to create offensive odors, excessive noise or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public."