Over 100 cats removed from Cass County home

The Cass County Sheriff’s office along with the Berrien County Animal Control department investigated a complaint of animal cruelty at a home in Howard Township on Wednesday.

Over one hundred cats were found at the location. Officers removed 85 live cats from the residents along with 2 dogs.

Officers also removed 30 deceased and frozen cats.

"The owner of these animals was cooperative in allowing authorities to initially look at the animals within the residence", stated Patrick Fetherston, Cass County Animal Control Director. "Following that initial walkthrough, a search warrant was obtained to seize the live and deceased animals within the residence and on the premises", Fetherston said. "A veterinarian examined approximately 67 of the animals on site", Fetherston continued.

The owner, a 59 year-old woman, was arrested on a preliminary charge of cruelty to animals and is free on bond awaiting arraignment in Forth District Court.

The Cass County Animal Control office said the investigation is still continuing.

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