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Saturday, Feb 10, 2007County: Providence
Disposition: Not Charged
Person of Interest: woman
A Pawtucket woman who's proven to be a serial cat hoarder has turned over even more cats to the city, after she says she's being evicted from her home.
The 44-year-old woman's not being identified, but she's been the subject of at least seven animal hoarding complaints since 2005.
Pawtucket's animal control department is now home to fourteen fully grown felines. Animal Control Officer John Holmes says there were once fifteen in the brood. "One... had to be euthanized, it was taken to the vet this morning, it had severe neurological problems."
The cats' owner reportedly called in to say she was being evicted and couldn't take care of them. Holmes says the cats were seized on Saturday, February 10, from a couple who live in a mobile home park near McCoy Stadium.
John Holmes says these people handed over dozens of cats on two other occasions. One report included more than 40.
"These people need help," he says. "In their hearts, in their minds, they believe they're doing the right thing, but they're not."
It's unclear whether the couple will face criminal charges.
WPRI News - Feb 12, 2007
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