Six of 75 cats from house still alive

August 18, 2006|By MELISSA HARRIS

Six of 75 cats discovered in a Columbia townhouse remained alive yesterday after police responded to complaints of a "foul odor" coming from the home late last week, said Pfc. Jennifer Reidy, a spokeswoman for Howard County authorities.

When animal control officers arrived at the house in the 7300 block of Swan Point Way, 17 cats were dead and 58 were taken to a local veterinarian, who determined that 50 of them were so ill that they needed to be euthanized. Two more died Sunday night.

The remaining cats are being treated for malnutrition, infections and other illnesses, according to police, who are not releasing the identity of the cats' owner because she has not been charged with a crime. A decision on charges is pending.

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