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Tuesday January 29th, 2013

Posted at 11:26am

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Ouellette Manor Apartments at 920 Ouellette as seen on Google Streetview

The Windsor/Essex County Humane Society has charged a Windsor man with animal cruelty after 49 cats were found in his apartment in poor conditions, along with an additional 155 dead cats and kittens that had been kept in the freezer and refrigerator, back in December.

Jerry Miernecki was charged on January 28th after an investigation by Humane Society staff. The cats were removed on December 14th after Miernecki failed to comply with an order issued December 13th requiring him to provide food, water, litter boxes, and a clean area for the cats. The Humane Society says additional dead cats and kittens were surrendered by the owner. Information provided by the owner indicated his intent in keeping the deceased cats was not malicious, but that he had been holding the cats to bury together when he was able to buy a home.

Mr. Miernecki was charged with two counts under the Ontario SPCA Act including failing to comply with an order, as well as permitting the cats to be in distress. The permitting distress charge is related to the deceased cats, who suffered medical issues for which they did not receive adequate veterinary attention. He is expected to make his first court appearance on March 4th.

The Humane Society says some of the cats have been made available for adoption, but others are still being medically treated and socialized. They expect additional cats to be available for adoption soon.

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