Skip to comments.West Bloomfield couple gets probation for hoarding after 178 cats found in home
Posted on 09/05/2019 10:44:49 AM PDT by Red Badger
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (FOX 2) - A West Bloomfield couple that was facing four years in prison in the largest hoarding case in Oakland County history was given probation Wednesday.
Between April 24 and May 17, animal control officers removed 178 cats from a home in deplorable condition in the 1700 block of Elsie Drive in West Bloomfield. As of May 20, officials had to humanely euthanized 60 cats due to severe illness or aggression.
According to the Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center, the cats were found when an officer conducted a welfare check on cats that were reportedly abandoned inside. She found at least six cats that were sick and didn't have proper food or water upon her initial inspection.
The officer, Rachel Whitlock, spoke with neighbors then obtained a search warrant. It was executed on April 24.
Several cats suffered from a variety of health issues, including upper respiratory infections, fleas, skin infections, ear mites and malnutrition. A number of cats have also given birth since arriving at the shelter.
Jonathan and Jennifer Klein were charged with one felony count each of abandonment or cruelty to animals and were released on bond. They were sentenced Wednesday to three years probation and must pay $4,463 in restitution.
"This is the worst animal hoarding case I have seen in my entire career," said Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center Manager Bob Gatt back in June. "These cats were living in deplorable conditions. They were not provided with the adequate care necessary to maintain good health."
There are many unlcaimed mental diseases - unclaimed by the mental health professionals; maybe they just can’t be bothered with figuring out what ails some people.
That fact should not keep society at large from calling a spade a spade - those people are sick, in the head.
[Late note and my bad - professionally it is called “animal hoarding”] Mea culpa.
Loneliness and the mental trauma from it.
I hope that they sprayed this couple down for a day or two with a high pressure fire hose. Both of them would have reeked of Ammonia, I had a cousin who was like this not quite so many and she did have them spayed and neutered and she and her house could be smelled three blocks away.
hopefully the cats were put down forthwith. My wife is allergic to the things so I have no use for the things.
They euthanized 60 of them.........................
“Why do people do this?????...........................”
Jack and Donna Wright of Kingston, Ontario, made their way to the Guinness World Records for having the highest number of cats. According to the Guinness World Records, they have 689 cats.
“Why do people do this?”
“The road to HELL is paved with good intentions.”
Franklin Mint is the gateway.
The most I’ve ever seen in a house was 13.
Nice PR for T-Mobile
Well, 178 cats is a horde of animals!
Well, I never hoard of such a thing!
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