Couple Gets Probation In Oakland County's 'Worst Animal Hoarding Case' 

WWJ News
September 05, 2019 - 9:18 am

Photo: Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center

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WEST BLOOMFIELD (WWJ) - A couple has been sentenced to three years' probation in what is being called the largest animal hoarding case in Oakland County history.

Jonathan and Jennifer Klein were sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest in July to abandonment or cruelty of 10 or more animals, a felony charge that could have landed them in prison for four years. They were also ordered to pay more than $4,400 in restitution.

The animals were found on April 24 by an animal control officer performing a welfare check on cats abandoned at a home in the 1700 block of Elsie Drive, off Greer near Hiller. When the officer looked through the window, she spotted at least a half-dozen cats who appeared to be somewhat ill and left with no food or water in unsanitary living conditions.

It took officers three days to remove 178 cats from the home. Many of the animals were suffering from health issues, including upper respiratory infections, fleas, skin infections, ear mites and malnutrition.

Calling it the "worst animal hoarding case" he'd ever seen, Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center Manager Bob Gat said 60 of the cats were humanely euthanized because of severe illness or aggression.