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Tuesday May 29th, 2012

Posted at 1:36pm

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The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society has charged a LaSalle woman with cruelty after 21 cats were found in her home in squalid conditions.

Wendy Jenkins, 63, was charged on May 29th after investigators obtained a search warrant to investigate possible animals in distress.

Melanie Coulter from the Humane Society said that “when officers arrived they found the conditions of the house to be unacceptable. The smell of ammonia in the house was overwhelming, and several of the cats appeared to be ill. There were a number of litter boxes in the house overflowing with feces and urine and no food or water was available. Sadly, one kitten was found dead. All of the removed cats have since been surrendered to the Humane Society.”

“Upon arrival to the Humane Society all of the cats were immediately assessed by our staff veterinarian; put on treatment plans and provided with their own food, water and clean living space. Unfortunately, two neonatal kittens died shortly after arrival. We are in the process of assessing all of the cats for adoption and two adult cats are currently available. Because the cats were not previously provided with medical care, adequate food/water or social care many have severe to moderate medical or behavioural issues and will only be considered for special needs adoptions. Anyone interested in providing a home for one of these special needs cats or contributing to their medical treatment should contact the Humane Society,” said Coulter.

Ms. Jenkins was charged with two counts under the Ontario SPCA Act including failing to provide the cats with adequate standards of care, such as appropriate food and water, as well as permitting the cats to be in distress. She is expected to make her first court appearance on June 18th.

Although legally mandated to enforce the animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and the Ontario SPCA Act, the Humane Society does not receive any government funding or funding from any animal welfare group to perform this essential work.

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