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Charges pending in Schoharie animal removal case

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WRIGHT, N.Y. -- Charges are now pending in the case of more than 100 animals taken from a Schoharie County home.

The announcement of the charges was made by the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office during a press conference this afternoon.

The owner of the home told NEWS10 she started with just one stray, and before long, had too many.

Officials said she had previously asked for help, and over the past couple of weeks has been working with authorities to hand over some of the sicker cats.

During the seizure of the animals, officers found around 100 cats living in deplorable conditions. "We had to wear respirators inside because of how strong the cat feces and urine were," said Kerrie Colin, the manager of the animal shelter. "There was not one spot that wasn't covered in urine or feces."

"Some of them were living in the roof of the house, some were outside in a tarped-in area," said Sheriff Tony Desmond.

Desmond says they also found the bodies of 67 cats that had already died.

The shelter says they have set up space to keep the cats, but is seeking donations of cat litter or monetary donations to help fund the cats' potential medications.

"Our biggest challenge right now is funding for cats because each one has medical issues, like an upper repertory infection," said Colin.

If you would like to donate cat litter it can be dropped off at their physical location. The shelter says they are also looking for volunteers to help with taking care of the cats. Monetary donations can either be mailed or dropped off at their physical location:

Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley

PO Box 40

Howes Cave, NY 12092

518-296-8390

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