Lake County woman convicted of animal neglect after 85 cats, 3 dogs removed from house

MENTOR, Ohio - A Lake County woman was found guilty of neglecting animals after 88 cats and dogs were removed from her house in October.

The Lake Humane Society said the house smelled like urine and feces, and most of the 85 cats were sick. The cats were sneezing and had runny noses, while nasal discharge coated the walls inside the house.

"When I first entered the residence on the Friday before the seizure, the smell was overwhelming. The conditions of the home that these cats, and woman, were living in was unhealthy for everyone, but my immediate concern had to be for the animals," humane agent Jen Sperry said. "They were not able to open a window or walk outside for fresh air and it was obvious that they needed medical treatment."

The humane society said 11 cats had to be euthanized because they had no chance of recovery. Other animals are still improving months later.

Humane agents also removed three dogs, which were kept outside year-round, and were without food and water.

The owner was convicted on five counts of cruelty or neglect concerning a companion animal. According to the humane society, the woman claimed she was part of a rescue organization.

The entire process bogged down the Lake Humane Society and they were unable to take in any other animals.

"It is so important to make sure, when adopting, that the organization is reputable. Ask to see vet records and vaccine records," Sperry said. "Just because an organization has the word "rescue" or "humane society" in their name, does not mean they are reputable."

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

Related Stories

Police contacted over viral video of cat being kicked by man possibly from Akron Police contacted over viral video of cat being kicked by man possibly from Akron

Tre'Vonte Mitchell, arrested and charged for animal cruelty, failed to appear for his sentencing and now has a warrant out. 

Police: Boys caught beating kitten on playground surveillance video, face felony animal abuse charge Police: Boys caught beating kitten on playground surveillance video, face felony animal abuse charge

Four boys have been arrested and booked into a juvenile detention center for brutally beating a kitten to death earlier this month, police said.

Portage County APL cares for sick kitten with fleas found in trash bag full of beer cans Portage County APL cares for sick kitten with fleas found in trash bag full of beer cans

A sick kitten is being nursed back to health after being found in a trash bag.

Dogs rescued from car parked in downtown Cleveland parking lot; Dogs taken to Cleveland Kennel Dogs rescued from car parked in downtown Cleveland parking lot; Dogs taken to Cleveland Kennel

Two dogs rescued from a car parked downtown early Thursday morning have been returned to their owners.

Stow man accused of shooting, killing neighbor Stow man accused of shooting, killing neighbor's dog with pellet gun arrested

A Stow man was booked into police custody after he was accused of shooting a dog to death.

Gerald Miller sentenced to jail in Amherst fatal dog stabbing Gerald Miller sentenced to jail in Amherst fatal dog stabbing

The man who stabbed his neighbor's dog to death in Amherst will spend the next four months behind bars.

Rescue Village in Geauga County working overtime after more than 120 dogs, cats found in two houses Rescue Village in Geauga County working overtime after more than 120 dogs, cats found in two houses

More than 120 cats and dogs were found inside two Geagua County houses. Now, Rescue Village needs to find new homes for the animals.

Akron man wanted after police say he choked girlfriend, broke kitten Akron man wanted after police say he choked girlfriend, broke kitten's neck

Akron police are looking for a man they say choked his girlfriend and broke a kitten's neck.

Puppy euthanized after fireworks explode in mouth, blew up part of face Puppy euthanized after fireworks explode in mouth, blew up part of face

A puppy is euthanized after a firework explodes in the animal's mouth, prompting an animal cruelty investigation.

Dozens expected at North Ridgeville rally for kittens shot by humane officer before city council Dozens expected at North Ridgeville rally for kittens shot by humane officer before city council

North Ridgeville city officials expect a big turnout at the city council meeting Monday night after five kittens were shot last week.