56 cats removed from Delaware home, neglect charges filed

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MIDDLETOWN, Delaware (AP) – Two Delaware women were arrested for cruelty to animals after authorities found 56 cats living in an unkempt home, officials said Friday.

Animal rights officials visited a home in Middletown Tuesday after receiving a complaint. They found 56 cats living in what they described as pathetic. One cat was in poor health and had to be euthanized. Another cat was found dead in the house.

The state agency for animal welfare said the cats were being transferred to the Brandywine Valley SPCA for care and treatment. Many of the cats suffer from hair loss, fleas and were emaciated.

The house was convicted.

The cats will be put up for adoption once they have been examined and received necessary medical care; Officials said they were well socialized despite their previous living conditions.

One of the two women was charged 48 cases of cruel neglect and two cases of animal cruelty. the second woman was charged five counts of cruel neglect.