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Mt. Clemens Woman Charged After 86 Cats, 1 Dog Found In 'Deplorable Conditions'

Most of the animals were deemed adoptable

April 15, 2019 - 5:31 pm

MT. CLEMENS (WWJ) - A Mount Clemens woman is hospitalized, and facing charges a couple of weeks after 86 cats and one dog were removed from her home.

The animals were taken to the Macomb County Animal Shelter; but unfortunately, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said Monday, most of them were found to be too sick to be adopted. 

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said a 62-year-old woman was being evicted from the house on Roseview Blvd., in the area of Groesbeck and Cass Ave., when the animals were found living in "deplorable conditions."

Reports were submitted to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant has been issued for the resident, although she remains at a local hospital while authorities seek an update on her condition. 

“It is a sad situation for all parties, the animals that aren’t being properly cared for, the owner who is unable to provide for and keep up with animals that continue to reproduce, and the community that lives with the infested climate," Wickersham said, in a statement. 

Prosecutor Eric Smith has charged the woman with Animal Cruelty of 25 or more Animals, which is a seven-year felony.

“Every time we see animals living in these appalling conditions it breaks your heart," Smith said. "Animal cruelty will never be tolerated and we will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.”

The woman's name has not yet been released.