It seems like every time you turn around, you are hearing about another story where animals are kept in a home where there are too many for the owner to handle and the animals end up suffering and even dying under the conditions. This another one of those heartbreaking stories and it involves 61 cats in the suburban, Kent, area of New York. Animal welfare officers found deplorable conditions in the home where 61 cats were confiscated, while 9 were found dead in the home.
The Putnam County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officers attained a search warrant for the residence Tuesday. What they found when they got there, was nothing short of tragic and unbelievable, even for trained officers who deal with situations like this on a regular basis. What they saw and found when they got into the home was 61 live cats, 57 were young adult and adult cats, while 4 were kittens. Nine cats were discovered dead in the residence. All were removed from the home.
The officers described the home as “deplorable.” The sights and smells noxious. There were cannibalized bodies of dead cats, along with cat urine and feces all over the house and floors. The cats had no clean water or food and the air was just thick with ammonia smells from the urine. It was described as thick in the air. It was not fit either human or animal existence.
The officers took the cats to the Westchester Animal Hospital, which is located in Mount Vernon. Unfortunately, due to the terrible conditions the cats lived in and their already ailing health, five of the rescued cats died that same night while being treated and another three had to be euthanized. The rest of the cats, the majority, are being cared for by the Bedford-based non profit animal rescue organization, Rescue Right Inc.
Penelope Smith-Berk is the operator of the organization and has put 42 of the cats up for adoption. They range in age from 6 months to four years old. She also explained that there are some kittens that are to young now, for adoption, but as soon as they are old enough, they will begin to actively look for a home for them, too.
The SPCA has said that it is expected that the owner, who is currently in the hospital, will be held criminally liable for the charges of animal cruelty. However, the name of the owner of all of these cats, was not released.
The city of Putnam had recently approved of an animal registry which bans people who have been convicted of animal cruelty, to be able to own an animal for 10 years following the conviction. It went into effect in February.