Police and Animal Welfare Officers Investigating New Cat Hoarding Case at Wheeler Ave House
Cortland County Animal Cruelty Investigators along with City Code Officers, and City Police executed a search warrant at a home on Wheeler Ave Sunday where 200 cats were found in 2006, this time roughly 50 cats were found in the house.
On Sunday Cortland City Police responded to 7 Wheeler Avenue for open line 9-1-1 call, officers were unable to reach anyone inside the house so they entered the home to verify no one was injured. Inside Police found approximately 50 cats.
Officers called the S-P-C-A and code enforcement who obtained an administrative warrant to search the house.
The property which once served as a legitimate veterinary practice is owned by the nonprofit organization PurrFect World Inc. which purchased the property in 2004 to operate a spay and neuter clinic.
In September 2006 acting on neighbor complaints and concerns that veterinarian procedures were being performed without a vet on site, Animal Cruelty investigators and police entered the home and found nearly 250 cats. Some of the animals were sick; 35 were either euthanized or died due to health issues.
The 2006 raid resulted in charges against 61 year old Eugenia Cute who lived in the home and was responsible for hoarding the cats; Cute and 45 year old Lisa Alderman who was the President of Purr Fect World were both charged with multiple counts of failure to provide proper food and water for an impounded animal, an unclassified misdemeanor.
So far no charges have been lodged in connection with Sunday’s hoarding incident, only one cat was found to be in ill health. The City Code Office was investigating and the property owner could be cited for building code violations.
Cortland’s regulations do not preclude property owners keeping large numbers of animals as long as they are healthy.