70 cats removed from ‘deplorable’ home in N.Y.

70 cats removed from ‘deplorable’ home in N.Y.

The Putnam SPCA pulled 70 cats, nine of which were dead, from a Kent home on Tuesday.

The cats were taken to the Westchester Animal Hospital in Mount Vernon. Because of the "extreme severity of their conditions," five cats died overnight while being treated, and three were euthanized.

The majority of the cats are now being taken care of by the Bedford-based non profit animal rescue group Rescue Right Inc.

Penelope Smith-Berk of Rescue Right said her organization put 42 young cats, ranging from six months to four years old, up for adoption. She said there are more kittens who are too young to be put up for adoption now but will be once they're old enough. 

The SCPA said the owner, who's in the hospital right now, is expected to be charged with animal cruelty. 

The owner's name wasn't released. 

Putnam recently approved an animal abuse registry, which bars people convicted of animal cruelty from owning an animal for 10 years. The registry went into effect in February after the state signed off on the law. 



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