97 counts of neglect filed against animal rescue, according to Allegany County Animal Shelter


RECOMMENDATIONS TO BECOME LEGISLATION. KATHERINE, THANK YOU. THE OWNER OF AN ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATION COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES. NEARLY 100 CATS TAKEN FROM CHARM CITY ANIMAL RESCUE IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY LAST WEEK.” IN FOCUS” REPORTER TAKES A CLOSER LOOK TONIGHT AT THE OWNER AND HER HISTORY OF VIOLATIONS. Reporter: SHE IS LISTED AS THE OPERATOR OF CHARM CITY ANIMAL RESCUE. SHE STARTED THE ORGANIZATION IN BALTIMORE CITY BACK IN 2009 BUT SEVERAL YEARS AGO ANIMAL CONTROL SEIZED A NUMBER OF CATS FROM HER PROPERTY AND, ONCE AGAIN, SHE IS FINDING HERSELF IN A SIMILAR SITUATION. LIKE THE LAST TIME, IT STARTED WITH A COMPLAINT. WE RECEIVED A COMPLAINT ABOUT HER HOME IN PROSPER AND OUR ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER WENT TO CHECK IT OUT. THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY 20 CATS THERE IN PRETTY BAD LIVING CONDITIONS. Reporter: THE PRESIDENT OF THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER FOUNDATION, THE ORGANIZATION THAT IS NOW CARING FOR THE NEARLY 100 CATS SEIZED FROM THE CHARM CITY ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATION LAST WEEK. FRIDAY ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER WENT TO HER RESCUE, WHICH IS CHARM CITY ANIMAL RESCUE HERE IN CUMBERLAND, AND WE SEIZED ANOTHER 80 CATS THERE. SHE STILL HAS THE CATS AT HOME, SO IT ENDED UP BEING ABOUT 97 CATS THAT WE SEIZED BETWEEN HER HOME AND RESCUE. Reporter: AND SHE ALSO HAS A RECORD IN BALTIMORE CITY. THE OFFICE OF ANIMAL CONTROL EXECUTED A SEARCH AND SEIZURE WARRANT ON HER RESCUE ON HUDSON STREET WHERE THEY REMOVED 35 CATS. THE OFFICERS FOUND UNSANITARY CONDITIONS, DIRTY CONDITIONS AND AN OVERWHELMING SMELL AND SEVERAL CATS THAT APPEARED UNHEALTHY THAT WAS THE THIRD TIME ANIMAL CONTROL RECEIVED COMPLAINTS IN THAT SAME YEAR. THE ADDRESS OF THE RESCUE LISTED ON TAX RECORDS CHANGED TO CUMBERLAND. IT IS A SHAME THAT SOMETIMES ANIMALS DON’T GET THE CARE THEY DESERVE. ABC 2 TRIED TO CAN’T HER SEVERAL TIMES BUT DID NOT HEAR BACK. DESPITE THE ALLEGATIONS, THE NON-PROFIT IS STILL POSTING CATS FOR ADOPTION ON ITS FACEBOOK PAGE. AND FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO FOSTER OR ADOPT A CAT TO RESCUE, IT COULD BE A LITTLE WHILE. AT THIS POINT WE CAN’T FOSTER OUT THESE CATS BECAUSE UNTIL IT GOES TO COURT, WE TECHNICALLY DON’T OWN THEM. SO, YOU KNOW, 97 CATS MORE. WE’RE TOLD CHARGES ARE PENDING AGAINST THE OWNER AND WE SHOULD KNOW MORE BY THE END OF THIS WEEK. BUT AT THIS TIME THE ALLEGHENY

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