Monday, May 15, 2006

More Than 60 Dead Cats Found in Conn. Home

Animal control officers and state police removed more than 60 dead cats from a woman's home Thursday and rescued nearly 60 others and a dog while responding to an anonymous complaint.

State police said 58 of the dead cats were found wrapped in paper towels in a freezer. Several other carcasses were found throughout the house.

State police said they had an arrest warrant charging the woman with animal cruelty. A neighbor said the woman was out of the country on vacation.

Someone called police Wednesday night to report a dead cat in the driveway of the house off Boston Post Road. Authorities who responded immediately noticed a foul smell on the property and later got a search warrant for the home, state police said.

Of the cats found alive, sick ones were taken to veterinarians and others were seized by animal control officers.

The name of the woman who lives at the house was not released.

State police said it was unclear why cats were placed in the freezer. Authorities said it appeared the surviving cats were being fed and given water, but conditions were deplorable because of feces and urine.



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