Thursday, August 23, 2012

2 women charged in California cat hoarding case - Sacramento Bee

Monterey County prosecutors have filed charges against two women after authorities found 51 neglected cats in their house and 113 dead kittens in a nearby apartment.

Prosecutors filed felony animal cruelty charges against Donna Johnson and additional neglect charges against her mother Maggie Johnson.

Local animal welfare and police officers found the dead kittens on July 24 in a Seaside apartment where Donna Johnson had been living. Authorities say they also discovered cats that were alive but locked in rooms full of urine and feces in the Johnsons' home.

Police investigated after a property manager alerted them about potential hoarding.

SPCA officials say most of the animals had infections and parasites but are recovering.

The women are not in custody and are expected to appear in court September 11.

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