COLONIE, N.Y. - Colonie Police and animal control removed
cats from a local woman's home, and it wasn't the first time this happened.
Police executed a search warrant at the home on John Street, which
is owned by Margaret Tomko. The warrant came after complaints from Tomko's
neighbors, who said there was a strong smell of urine emanating from the house.
took several knocks by Colonie Police Officers to get the attention of Tomko.
As she opened her window to find out officers had a warrant to search her home
for feral cats.
first you thought she was taking care of them and you don't know how many are
in the house," said neighbor Lisa Yakel. "But, then you see them and there's
blood things draining out of their noses. They are sick."
Blasen, another neighbor said "It's not good for these animals to live under
conditions like that."
The Mohawk and Hudson Humane Society assisted in removing seven
feral cats from the house. The organization said the cats have respiratory
illnesses, were dehydrated, and are infested with fleas.
of the cats is missing part of its lip, an old wound that was never cared for.
In 2010 nearly 70 cats were
found to be living in Tomko's home. The charges against Tomko were dropped.
was let go with a slap on the hand, instead of helping her then," said Tina
Murray with the Mohawk Humane Society.
happens and if there's no type of aftercare it generally happens again.
Police are hoping for charges once again against Tomko. They
believe that this time she might be required to seek help for what they believe
is hoarding behavior.
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