Officials from the Macomb County Animal Shelter recently removed 86 cats and one small dog from a home in Mount Clemens.

Officials from the Macomb County Animal Shelter recently removed 86 cats and one small dog from a home in Mount Clemens.

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Woman facing felony charges in Mount Clemens cat-hoarding case

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 16, 2019

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A 62-year-old woman is facing a felony charge of animal abuse after emergency personnel found nearly 90 cats and one dog living in what authorities said were “deplorable conditions” inside her Roseview Boulevard home in Mount Clemens late last month.

In a statement released by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office on April 15, the woman, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized pursuant to a petition seeking an evaluation of her condition.

During the morning of March 28, sheriff’s officials and members of Macomb County Animal Control were dispatched to the home, where eviction efforts were underway when the discovery was made.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, animal control removed 86 cats and one small dog from the home. The animals were taken to the Macomb County Animal Shelter, but a majority of the animals were sick and unadoptable. 

“It is a sad situation for all parties: the animals that aren’t being properly cared for, the owner who is unable to provide for and keep up with animals that continue to reproduce, and the community that lives with the infested climate,” Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said in a prepared statement. “It is in these cases that law enforcement must step in to protect everyone involved.” 

The release indicates that reports were later submitted to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for the resident. Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged the defendant with animal cruelty of 25 or more animals, a seven-year felony.

“Every time we see animals living in these appalling conditions it breaks your heart,” Smith stated in the release. “Animal cruelty will never be tolerated, and we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.” 

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