184 dead cats found in home

over 100 live animals seized

December 21, 2005|By LIZ F. KAY .. | LIZ F. KAY ..,SUN REPORTER

Frederick County officials are weighing whether to file charges against the owner of a Mount Airy home where animal control officers removed 184 dead cats and seized more than 100 live animals.

The county's director of animal control, Harold L. Domer Jr., said his staff, veterinarians from Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital and volunteers worked from Friday through Monday to evaluate and care for the 117 cats and three dogs seized from the house last week.

Vets euthanized two cats that were in poor health Friday night, Domer said, and the rest are recovering.

One dead dog also was found at the house.

The owner's name has not been released because no charges have been filed. Frederick County State's Attorney Scott L. Rolle said he did not anticipate filing felony animal cruelty charges. Under state law, failing to provide animals necessary food, shelter and other care is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of up to 90 days, a fine of up to $1,000 or both.

Animal control officers serving a search warrant Friday were met with a stench of ammonia that "takes your breath away," Domer said.

The surviving animals remain at the Frederick County animal control center. Owners of confiscated animals may petition District Court within 10 days to request the return of the animals, but no such requests have been filed, Domer said.

liz.kay@baltsun.com

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