August 23, 2012
Animal cruelty charges have been filed against a Seaside woman and her mother after SPCA for Monterey County rescued 51 cats and discovered 113 dead kittens on two separate properties in Seaside.
The woman and her adult daughter were both charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. The daughter was also charged with three felony counts of cruelty to animals.
The following was taken from an SPCA press release on August 23:
Since the rescue, four cats underwent emergency surgery at the SPCA for pyometra, a severe infection of the uterus that is fatal if left untreated. Three of the cats with pyometra suffered E. coli infections in their uteruses. The test results for the fourth cat are pending. Sadly, despite emergency medical care, one of the 51 rescued cats had to be humanely euthanized due to severe, incurable sepsis. A second cat suffered a rapid and unexpected decline of health and needed to be humanely euthanized. A third cat died of unknown causes. Necropsies are pending.
The surviving felines have since been moved into two large colony rooms with ample space, light and fresh air—not to mention thoughtful gifts from people who heard the story when it broke internationally last month.
You can see how the cats are living and recovering now in the SPCAMC video below.
Although the SPCA had received reports some of the rescued cats might have been taken off the streets and may have owners looking for them, no one have come forward to claim any of the felines.