Dead Cats Found At 2 Homes
Fairfax Police Discover 246 Cats
POSTED: 5:33 pm EDT July 11, 2005
UPDATED: 5:35 pm EDT July 11, 2005
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Police said the telltale sign was the smell.
Animal control officers in Fairfax removed 187 cats from a house in Mount Vernon, and 59 cats and one dog from a home in Falls Church, officials said Monday.
In the Mount Vernon case, police went to a home on Ludgate Drive, Friday, to find 82-year-old Ruth Knueven living with 187 cats. Officers said the dead bodies of 86 more cats were left in trash bins outside Knueven's home.
Many of the surviving cats were sent to a shelter, but animal control officers said they have to go back and get cats that are still living in the walls and chimney of the house.
Knueven was issued two summonses for failure to care for animals, one summons for failure to dispose of dead animals properly and a petition for being an unfit owner.
In another case two weeks ago, officers found 59 cats and a dog at the home of 58-year-old Jane Baldinger on Hillsborough Drive in Falls Church.
Baldinger was charged with an unfit owner petition and a summons for failure to care for animals.
Officers said they found the bodies of 29 dead cats on the property.
Animal control officials took the surviving cats and dog into custody.
Both homes were condemned.
That is the saddest thing!