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Friday, Oct 28, 2011County: Allegheny
Alleged: Eleanor M. Clifford
Case Updates: 2 update(s) available
Police raided two homes in Garfield on Friday and removed several sick cats.
Authorities said the two homes on Mathilda Street are owned by Eleanor Clifford, 67, who didn't cooperate when police rescued the cats.
Officials estimated a total of 40 to 50 cats in the home Clifford lives in and said there is no running water.
A few doors down the street is the second house that has dozens of cats.
Clifford said her cats are well cared for.
"I don't know how many I have, but I feed them," Clifford said.
Officials said only nine of the sickest cats were removed on Friday because shelter space is at a premium.
Animals Friends will assume care until the others can be rescued.
Clifford is facing up to 70 counts of animal cruelty, plus zoning violations, police said.
|A Garfield woman was arrested Thursday afternoon after a two-week deadline for her to remove cats from her two homes passed.|
Police said they found 23 cats inside Eleanor Clifford's North Mathilda Street homes.
"I have to go 240 days in jail just because I love cats," Clifford said as authorities removed the cats from the homes.
When police began investigating Clifford's houses months ago, she was hoarding almost 100 cats, officials said.
"You're still living in a toilet bowl," Pittsburgh police Officer Christine Liffey said to Clifford Thursday. "It's against the law for animals to live in there, let alone a human being."
"There's no reason for this to have happened," Animal Friends officer Kathy Hecker said. "Breeding cats and breeding them to let them get sick and die should not happen."
After Judge Ron Costa sentenced Clifford, police said, she raced home and allegedly threw a milk jug at an officer.
She now also faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer on top of the nearly 93 counts of animal cruelty.
|Source: wpxi.com - Jan 27, 2012|
Update posted on Mar 5, 2012 - 10:01PM
|Animal control officers returned to a Garfield home on Thursday to remove about 20 cats.|
The house on North Mathilda Street was raided in October after investigators said the owner kept dozens of cats inside. Investigators said the woman also owns a second vacant home on the same street where more cats were found.
Crews said they were unable to rescue all of the animals during their first attempt. Officials returned on Thursday with a warrant to get the other animals from the home.
"We know we had to shut her down. This has to stop. We need to clean up the problem," said Officer Christine Luffey of Pittsburgh Police.
Elanor Clifford, 67, told Channel 11's Jodine Costanzo that the cats "were like my kids." Officials said Clifford signed all of the animals over to Animal Friends.
"She's in total denial. There's anything wrong with these animals. We know they're sick," said Kathy Hecker of Animal Friends.
"Have somebody come in and take your kids away. That's what this feels like," said Clifford.
Clifford is charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty from the October raid and now faces a count for every animal taken from both houses on Thursday.
Crews are expected to return to the homes on Friday. Both buildings have been condemned.
|Source: wpxi.com - Dec 29, 2011|
Update posted on Dec 29, 2011 - 9:23PM
- wpxi.com - Oct 28, 2011
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