Mar 29, 2012: Hoarders of 700 cats ordered to pay $600,000 to Humane SocietyBY CINDY SWIRKO
The owners of the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary, from which 697 cats were seized in a case of hoarding last year, pleaded no contest Thursday to 47 counts of animal cruelty and were sentenced to 15 years of probation along with fines and a prohibition on owning or rescuing any cats.
State Attorney's Office spokesman Spencer Mann said Steve Lefkowitz, 65, and his wife, Pennie, 60, also must pay $626,770 to the Humane Society of the United States as restitution for expenses and abide by other sanctions.
"They must enter mandatory mental health treatment for hoarding," Mann said. "They must submit to inspections by the county to ensure there are no cats."
Efforts Thursday to reach the Lefkowitzes and their attorney for comment were unsuccessful.
With nearly 700 cats, Haven Acres in Alachua County was the largest case of cat hoarding worked by the Humane Society of the United States -- the primary agency involved in handling the animals, an organization spokeswoman said at the time of the seizures..." More
Jun 8, 2011: More than 500 cats seized at sanctuary