Target: DanaMarie Pannella, Cleveland Animal Protective League attorney
Goal: Fully prosecute the man and woman who allegedly neglected 147 cats by leaving them in unsanitary conditions and not providing adequate care.
Two owners of a Cleveland cat rescue shelter called the Cat Crossing are being charged with animal neglect after authorities found 147 cats living in deplorable conditions without adequate care, shelter or air. The reported conditions of the shelter where the animals were kept were so bad that nearly all of the cats became sick and diseased. The poor creatures had problems ranging from emaciation, ringworm, ear mites, intestinal parasites, feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, and respiratory, ear, skin and eye infections.
During an initial visit to the shelter, authorities found more than 100 animals allegedly living in cramped spaces that were covered in feces and urine and with uncleaned litter boxes. Disease spread easily among the animals because sick ones were not kept away from the healthy ones. One of the owners claimed there were so many cats because the shelter’s focus was on nursing the cats back to health rather than finding them new homes. With so many of the cats carrying infectious diseases, this obviously was not the case.
One of the owners allegedly started the shelter after having nearly 100 cats taken from her home in the past after neighbors filed a complaint that she was hoarding the animals in unhealthy conditions. The shelter had received instructions from the Animal Protective League in the past to take measures to better care for the cats, but these instructions were ignored. Some of the cats allegedly had to have eyes removed because of infections, and some even had to be labeled as unadoptable and be euthanized.
This kind of cruel animal neglect resulted in the death and horrible sickening of a large number of animals. It’s apparent this has been a problem in the past for these owners, so it cannot continue to be a liability. These people need to be fully prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Dear Attorney Pannella,
The owners of the Cat Crossing cat rescue shelter are being charged with animal neglect after authorities allegedly found 147 cats living in deplorable conditions without adequate care, shelter or air. These animals had problems like emaciation, ringworm, ear mites, intestinal parasites, feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus, and respiratory, ear, skin and eye infections.
These people have reportedly kept animals in terrible hoarding conditions in the past and not properly care for them. We cannot allow this kind of animal cruelty to go unnoticed, especially to such a large number of animals. I urge you to prosecute these people under the full extent of the law so they receive the maximum punishment for their disgusting actions.
[Your Name Here]
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