PORT CARBON, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Emotions were high in court when a small animal rescue group learned they would receive some of their money back.
“Save the Stray Schuylkill” animal rescue says taking care of 24 cats and kittens after being abused and neglected almost put them out of business.
“The cats were loaded with parasites and many of them were malnourish and underweight and had underlying medical conditions that needed treatment.” Said Kristen Beers, of Save theStray Schuylkill
On March 10th, after receiving a tip, Minersville police entered this home on oaks street.
They found 24 cats and kittens living in extreme conditions after being abandoned by Brenda Reedy days before.
“This is really one of the worst cases I’ve seen of animal neglect.” said Chief Michael Combs of the Minersville Police Department
Reedy walked into the courtroom and accepted responsibility for 24 counts of animal cruelty.
Her boyfriend John Altemos, a former Animal Humane Society officer, was also charged with animal cruelty.
But all the charges against him were dropped.
“I feel that justice was served for the cats and that’s what this was primarily for. As for the vets bill go, it’s going to be a long process until they’re paid off. We’re very much in debt.” said Kristin Beers
Six of the 24 cats rescued had to be euthanized because of their poor health conditions.
The majority of the cats survived and are currently up for adoption through save the stray.
Donations can be called in to Pine Grove Animal Clinic at 570-345-0880 www.savethestraysschuylkill.com