An Auburn mother and daughter may face multiple misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty after 19 malnourished cats were seized from the home they recently shared, according to the Finger Lakes SPCA.
Josh Crane, the chief law enforcement officer for the Auburn-based branch of the SPCA, said that one large-breed dog, 19 live cats and two dead cats were found Friday amid a horrible stench of urine, feces and garbage at 48 Burt Ave., Auburn.
Crane said that Carol Walker and her daughter Michelle Davis had been living at the home until mid-April when the Auburn Code Enforcement Office condemned the building as uninhabitable. Crane said that the SPCA secured a warrant Friday to search the house after a caller to the SPCA this week reported that the building was full of animals.
Crane said that three investigators, three animal shelter employees, a veterinarian and a city code enforcement officer went to the home Friday to take the animals into custody. Crane said that everyone entering the home wore masks and that they rotated in and out quickly because of the overwhelming stench inside the building.
Neighbors told investigators that Walker and Davis had been at the house Friday morning, but Crane said that no one was there when his team arrived Friday afternoon.
The animals were checked by a veterinarian, Crane said, and all were underweight and malnourished. A health screening chart placed many of the cats "one notch above emaciation," Crane said.
Walker and Davis will likely be charged next week with several misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty as well as a violation charge for allegedly failing to provide shelter for the dog. The dog was found chained to a post in the backyard without food, water or shelter, Crane said..." More
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