Thursday, September 13, 2012

Grosse Pointe Woods Resident Arraigned in Cat Hoarding Case

By Sara Eaton Martin

Mary A. Quinn has been ordered to not house any animals in her home after she made her first appearance Wednesday in Grosse Pointe Woods court on a felony charge of abusing more than 10 animals.
More than 75 feral cats were removed from her home earlier this year following a complaint regarding a cat being stuck at the top of the garage door, which lead to the discovery of what police and animal rescuers have called "cat hoarding."
A single felony count carrying a maximum penalty of up to four years in prison was approved by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office just a couple weeks ago. The cats were removed in early August.
Woods Judge Ted Metry arraigned Quinn Wednesday, ordered a $5,000 personal bond in the case and ordered as a condition of her release that she not house any animals whatsoever in her home.
The cats were removed from the home by the Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue, whose founder and director Sarah Vicary, is now housing most of them on her own rural property in mid-Michigan..."  More

75 Feral Cats Removed from Grosse Pointe Woods Home
By Sara Eaton Martin

A 70-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods woman will face a felony charge in Grosse Pointe Woods court this month for hoarding at least 75 cats in her home and unventilated garage.
The woman, whose name will not be public until her arraignment Sept. 12, is charged with a single count of animal abandonment/cruelty to 10 or more animals. The charge, approved by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Monday, carries a penalty of up to four years in prison.
Grosse Pointe Woods police were called to the home on Oxford Road in late July after receiving a report that a cat was stuck at the top of a closed garage door where only the hind feet and tail could be observed, according to a report.
A responding officer discovered the cat was not stuck but had been in the area trying to cool at least part of its body down. The officer noted smelling urine upon getting close to the home and garage.
Neighbors also reported the odor.
When a detective returned to the house a few days later, he could hear many cats running in the garage and the strong odor of urine. The woman would not allow the detective into the home but said she had already contacted Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue to remove the cats but they were not to come for a month or so, according to the report..."  More

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