Woman who abandoned 52 cats charged w...

Woman who abandoned 52 cats charged with cruelty

There are 30 comments on the The Morning Call story from Feb 27, 2008, titled Woman who abandoned 52 cats charged with cruelty. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A woman who moved out of a Schuylkill County house she rented and left behind 52 cats -- 13 of them dead -- will be charged with cruelty to animals, police said.

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“...And Justice For All”

Since: Nov 07

Allentown

#1 Feb 27, 2008
This is so sick. What is wrong with people? Your hurting the animal more than helping it by taking in so many. I hope they give this woman the fullest punishment allowed by law. There is no excuse for this type of stupidity, which seems to be running rampid now a days. This lady should be ashamed of herself. This same thing happened not to long ago in Allentown. I wish they would put her in jail, but I know that is not going to happen. I'm just so tired of hearing about animal cruelty, hell, most animals are smarter than half the people running around out there.
Thats a joke

Allentown, PA

#2 Feb 27, 2008
Put her in a dark room with no food and no water. See how long she lasts. She should be ashamed of herself what is wrong with people now days.

Since: May 07

Allentown, PA

#3 Feb 27, 2008
SPAY AND NEUTER!!!!

If you want to have a pet, be responsible about it!!
shawn

Allentown, PA

#4 Feb 27, 2008
Trinity Apple wrote:
This is so sick. What is wrong with people? Your hurting the animal more than helping it by taking in so many. I hope they give this woman the fullest punishment allowed by law. There is no excuse for this type of stupidity, which seems to be running rampid now a days. This lady should be ashamed of herself. This same thing happened not to long ago in Allentown. I wish they would put her in jail, but I know that is not going to happen. I'm just so tired of hearing about animal cruelty, hell, most animals are smarter than half the people running around out there.
I am in full agreement. Pennsylvania's laws are far too lenient for those criminals who are cruel to animals!

And, now, the liberal "do gooder" mental health professionals are calling this a psychiatric disorder called "hoarding." Can you believe this?
Justice

Slatington, PA

#5 Feb 27, 2008
They should have euthanized the no good lady.
Thats a joke

Allentown, PA

#6 Feb 27, 2008
MeeMee wrote:
SPAY AND NEUTER!!!!
If you want to have a pet, be responsible about it!!
Oh you are so right,people think it is to expensive to fix an animal. It is more cruel to let it keep producing. I have 3 cats and a lab. All are fixed and its the best thing for me and my animals.
Lady D

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Feb 27, 2008
Wow, that is tragic. More vets need to offer low cost spaying and neutering to avoid such a situation. The cost of spaying at by vet is 395.00 But then the owner has to be responsible enough to get the job done. I can see where a few cats could end up to be a few dozen very quickly.
I Agree

AOL

#8 Feb 27, 2008
Charged with Animal Cruelty...no kidding? Jeez!
Jackie B-Hive

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Feb 27, 2008
This woman was obviously a hoarder. Hoarding stems from depression. She doesn’t need to go to jail, she needs psychological help.

People that are not dealing with mental illness can easily see that spaying/neutering pets is the responsible thing to do as pet owners. However, how could you expect that woman to process the need to stop the reproductive cycle when she clearly could not even care for herself? I agree she should NOT have left them in the home to die. But what should she have done? Who would have helped her?

It’s very easy to sit there behind the computer and spew hate towards this woman. But...maybe if she knew where to go for help...maybe if she could have afforded to spay/neuter the cats...maybe this would never have happened.

Now it’s up to people like you, dear previous posters, to support the SPCA financially to care for the cats. How many of those cats are you going to adopt? How many of those cats will you sponsor for spaying/neutering?

My point is, that while it’s admirable that you detest people that are cruel to animals, if you’re not also supporting low-cost spay/neuter programs, you’re not really helping and only adding your two cents here to make yourselves feel better.

So if you REALLY care about the poor, neglected animals, put your money where your mouths are (or fingers as the case is here). Donate time/money to local animal care facilities and/or TNR projects. Otherwise you’re just blowing smoke.
Animal Lover

Allentown, PA

#10 Feb 27, 2008
Jackie B-Hive wrote:
This woman was obviously a hoarder. Hoarding stems from depression. She doesn’t need to go to jail, she needs psychological help.
People that are not dealing with mental illness can easily see that spaying/neutering pets is the responsible thing to do as pet owners. However, how could you expect that woman to process the need to stop the reproductive cycle when she clearly could not even care for herself? I agree she should NOT have left them in the home to die. But what should she have done? Who would have helped her?
It’s very easy to sit there behind the computer and spew hate towards this woman. But...maybe if she knew where to go for help...maybe if she could have afforded to spay/neuter the cats...maybe this would never have happened.
Now it’s up to people like you, dear previous posters, to support the SPCA financially to care for the cats. How many of those cats are you going to adopt? How many of those cats will you sponsor for spaying/neutering?
My point is, that while it’s admirable that you detest people that are cruel to animals, if you’re not also supporting low-cost spay/neuter programs, you’re not really helping and only adding your two cents here to make yourselves feel better.
So if you REALLY care about the poor, neglected animals, put your money where your mouths are (or fingers as the case is here). Donate time/money to local animal care facilities and/or TNR projects. Otherwise you’re just blowing smoke.
What makes you think the responders to this article don't already do that? Granted, there are never enough volunteers, but don't go and get nasty without knowing.
terry

Emmaus, PA

#11 Feb 27, 2008
If she would have spayed 3 cats, this would never have happened.
There are low cost programs out there, didn't anyone in her life suggest she might have them altered?
Hmmmmm

AOL

#12 Feb 27, 2008
They oughta "forget" to feed her while she's sitting behind bars. Must have been a nut to begin with having 52 cats.
Wilderness1

Nazareth, PA

#13 Feb 27, 2008
This is horrible. She must have a problem. To bad someone didn't know about this ahead of time.

“NoN-cOnFoRmIsT”

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#14 Feb 27, 2008
This never ends, does it?
sober eddie

Bethlehem, PA

#15 Feb 27, 2008
Thats a joke wrote:
<quoted text>Oh you are so right,people think it is to expensive to fix an animal. It is more cruel to let it keep producing. I have 3 cats and a lab. All are fixed and its the best thing for me and my animals.
Cats are allowed. Check with DEA about the lab.
Jackie B-Hive

Telford, PA

#16 Feb 27, 2008
Animal Lover wrote:
<quoted text>
What makes you think the responders to this article don't already do that? Granted, there are never enough volunteers, but don't go and get nasty without knowing.
What exactly in my post was “nasty?” It wasn’t me that posted “Put her in a dark room with no food and no water. See how long she lasts” or “And, now, the liberal "do gooder" mental health professionals are calling this a psychiatric disorder called "hoarding" or “They oughta "forget" to feed her while she's sitting behind bars.” Now THOSE statements are “nasty.”

The simple fact is that we are a community and we ALL failed, not only those cats, but a fellow human being. Imagine how that woman must have felt. Had we all, as a community, been doing more, this could have been avoided.

My post was simply to remind people to look within before throwing stones. Buddha said,“Focus, not on the rudeness of others, not on what they’ve done or left undone, but on what you have and haven’t done yourself.” When I read this article I questioned myself – what more could I have done? How could I help others so this doesn’t happen again? What can I do now to help those cats? I posed those questions in my previous post to remind others people to do the same.
William

United States

#17 Feb 27, 2008
The laws that regulate animal cruelity are not strong enough and seldom enforced as they should be.
Animal Lover

Allentown, PA

#18 Feb 27, 2008
Jackie B-Hive wrote:
<quoted text>
What exactly in my post was “nasty?”
This:

My point is, that while it’s admirable that you detest people that are cruel to animals, if you’re not also supporting low-cost spay/neuter programs, you’re not really helping and only adding your two cents here to make yourselves feel better.
So if you REALLY care about the poor, neglected animals, put your money where your mouths are (or fingers as the case is here). Donate time/money to local animal care facilities and/or TNR projects. Otherwise you’re just blowing smoke.

What makes you think all of us responders aren't doing that already? Those of us who are already doing what we can don't need another lecture!

“Many ideas, few words”

Since: Feb 08

Bethlehem

#19 Feb 27, 2008
I used to watch Animal Planet alot, it was often I saw shows of horders doing just this. Taken on more than they can handle. One episode was of a women who became furious when they tried to take her cats away from her. She needed the cats more than they needed her. She too was neglectful, but it wasn't intentional neglect, she WAS sick.
All those episodes I saw don't compare to what this women did. She left behind those cats, that was intentional. She was of sound mind to find herself another place, she should have considered the cats she left behind to die.

Since: May 07

Allentown, PA

#20 Feb 28, 2008
Jackie B-Hive wrote:
This woman was obviously a hoarder. Hoarding stems from depression. She doesn’t need to go to jail, she needs psychological help.
People that are not dealing with mental illness can easily see that spaying/neutering pets is the responsible thing to do as pet owners. However, how could you expect that woman to process the need to stop the reproductive cycle when she clearly could not even care for herself? I agree she should NOT have left them in the home to die. But what should she have done? Who would have helped her?
It’s very easy to sit there behind the computer and spew hate towards this woman. But...maybe if she knew where to go for help...maybe if she could have afforded to spay/neuter the cats...maybe this would never have happened.
Now it’s up to people like you, dear previous posters, to support the SPCA financially to care for the cats. How many of those cats are you going to adopt? How many of those cats will you sponsor for spaying/neutering?
My point is, that while it’s admirable that you detest people that are cruel to animals, if you’re not also supporting low-cost spay/neuter programs, you’re not really helping and only adding your two cents here to make yourselves feel better.
So if you REALLY care about the poor, neglected animals, put your money where your mouths are (or fingers as the case is here). Donate time/money to local animal care facilities and/or TNR projects. Otherwise you’re just blowing smoke.
You're very self-righteous. I have three cats and two dogs - all adopted. And guess what? All five are spayed/neutered. I'd love to have more, but I can't afford to spay/neuter since I already pay for vet bills for five animals. I do contribute to SPCA and homeless animal causes when I can.

So, I am doing my part to help, but you're saying I should pay for somebody else to have a pet? You agree with welfare handouts too, don't you?

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