A Shelbyville veterinarian has issued a plea for residents to adopt the cats of an Anderson County woman who was found beaten to death in her home earlier this month.
Dr. Kathy Belcher of East Shelbyville Animal Clinic is asking for people to adopt 10 cats that belonged to Tena McNeely, 49, whom police think was murdered on Jan. 3.
The cats range in age from 5½ to 17. Two dogs have been placed in foster care, and a large black cat named Boomer has not been found, Belcher said.
McNeely often took in animals from others who could no longer care for them, said Belcher, who had been a veterinarian for McNeely for 13 years.
"She was a lover of animals," Belcher said. "Tena would want them to have a good home. She would never want to see them euthanized."
Police are looking for Terrance "Terry" Allen Cram, 47, who rented a room from McNeely in her house. McNeely's body was found Jan. 7, and she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
State police have said that Cram has used McNeely's debit card in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
Funeral arrangements have been scheduled for McNeely.
Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Rogers Funeral Home, 507 W. Second St., Frankfort. Funeral will follow at 4 p.m.