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Case ID: 14217
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: cat
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Thursday, Jul 24, 2008

County: Providence

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Alberta Malone

Police arrested a city woman and took into custody 12 cats on Thursday, after finding the animals living in conditions that Animal Control Officer Joseph Bolvin described as "very unhealthy" for both themselves and the woman who had allegedly been keeping them there.

At about 10 a.m. that day, Bolvin arrived at 642 Pine St. to speak with a resident about a complaint police had received about cats on the premises. It had been alleged that the animals were not being properly taken care of, and according to Bolvin's report on the incident, what he saw there easily confirmed the allegation.

As he was approaching the building to speak to its first floor tenant, identified as 65-year-old Alberta Malone, Bolvin said he "could immediately smell a faint odor of feces." When Malone opened the door, Bolvin reported, he could see the source of the smell "all over the floor, from wall to wall."

Seeing this, Bolvin said he asked Malone for permission to enter the apartment to check on the well-being of the cats, of which Malone reportedly told him there were 12 in the apartment.

What he saw apparently troubled him.

"There was no way of stepping on the floor without stepping either in urine or feces and the whole apartment was in disarray," Bolvin reported. "Also, the apartment was infested with cockroaches and fleas, which is also very unhealthy for animals and humans."

After observing the conditions of the apartment, Bolvin called in Sgt. Daniel Barzykowski, who then conducted a status check on Malone. In doing so, Barzykowski allegedly found her to have an active District Court capias, which had been issued for failure to appear for ability to pay fines on a disorderly conduct charge.

According to police, Malone was arrested without incident, processed at police headquarters and eventually transported by police to District Court. Bolvin reported asking her to sign the cats over to the police department so that they could receive proper care, a request Malone reportedly complied with.

Bolvin then reported transporting all twelve cats to the Providence Animal Rescue League. He indicated that the cats would be evaluated there and then either put up for adoption or euthanized.

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