"We need your help," SPCA of Ocala searching for man who abandoned two cats

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) -- We recently reported reported the progress that Marion County Animal Shelter has made to reach no-kill status. But in order to get there, other rescues in Marion County had to partner with the animal shelter and take in more animals.

This week, SPCA of Ocala caught a man on surveillance dropping off an animal crate at their front gate.

This video shows a white Ford sedan pulling up to SPCA of Ocala...where signs are posted that say: "adoptions and surrenders by appointment." Ignoring the signage, a man drops off a crate at the front gate.

"I saw a car leaving from the pasture," said SPCA of Ocala President, Lilly Baron, "Something told me to go to the gate, and when I went to the gate there was a black cat that had its face pushed up against the door."

But that's not all.

“Well as I looked closer, there wasn’t just one cat stuffed in there, there were two cats stuffed in there,” Baron said.

Baron says its not a hard process to surrender your animals...as long as you do it the right way.

"A lot of the rescues are financially burdened," she said, "When you drop an animal off at the gate and you don’t sign them proper documentation for us to adopt an animal out, it is a very long process for us to go ahead and get that animals processed.”

Baron says that the overall push to no-kill has organizations close to capacity and that people abandoning animals is a growing problem.

“It is important for you to call us and ask us if we have the space, because a lot of rescues today do not have space,” Baron continued.

Now -- they need your help. If you recognize this man, call Marion County Animal Control at (352) 671-8707, or SPCA of Ocala at (352) 671-6797.

This man will face a fine of $400 dollars, according to Florida statutes.

“There are consequences to their actions and this is not going to keep happening," Baron said.

And for Baron, this is an issue that hits close to home...

This is Molly -- a that was stabbed in the face, and lived, against the odds. It was a brutal case that inspired what is now known as "Molly's Law" in Marion County: which prevents animal abusers from owning dogs by forcing them to enlist in a animal abuser registry.

"It stops, and it stops now,” Baron said.