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Society Takes in 95 Neglected Cats from Kitty Kind Rescue



Two months ago, an investigation by the NJ State SPCA revealed 200 dead cats rotting in garbage bags in the backyard of a home in East Orange, NJ. The home was found to belong to the executive director of NYC cat rescue Kitty Kind, Marlene Hess. An additional 48 cats were found inside, 38 in one room. In court, the judge ordered that the sick and healthy cats be separated.

The follow-up investigation now found 95 cats ... sick and healthy still mixed together. The Society has taken them all in as a result of Judge Karimu Hill-Harvey ordering them confiscated in Hess' trial on August 23rd. The SPCA had issued 38 counts of animal cruelty, and Marlene Hess was found guilty, sentenced to 21 days in jail, fined over $14,000, ordered to serve 1,140 days of community service, banned Hess from owning any animals for three years and to relinquish the 95 cats to the Society.  

With this established, Society staffers went to the scene with carriers and loaded up the cats. Room was made to accommodate the newcomers, and each one received a thorough medical exam. Twenty of the cats were so diseased they had to be euthanized immediately, including one with maggots having infested its hindquarters. While seemingly healthy cats were finally separated from sick cats, and treatment begun for those who needed it, it became clear that infection had spread, and soon every cat was sick. The Society proceeded to treat all cats twice a day.

While the cats were recovering, word was sent out requesting any owners or other rescues who had given cats to Hess an opportunity to reclaim them. Thankfully, several rescues have stepped forward and taken back a number of them, but the number of cats continues to stress Society resources as we care for them as well as our existing cat population. Your support at this time would be greatly appreciated in defraying the phenomenal cost of feeding and providing medical care for 75 sick animals. Please make a donation today to help our rescue of Kitty Kind's sick and neglected animals.

Pictured here are just a few of the cats and kittens confiscated from Kitty Kind; either at Hess' East Orange home or shortly after at the Society. These lovely cats need a real chance to find a loving home and are now available for adoption. Contact us if you are interested in adoption.

9/7/2005

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Yolo - Victim of Cruelty, Injuries to Head
Trouble - Abandoned in Box Truck when Owner Moved
Lola - Terribly Matted Young Lhasa Apso
Lucy - Found in Abandoned Building, Horribly Attacked
Harvey - Collapsed, Mutilated Front Legs
Deuce - Left Behind by Evicted Tenant
Drake and Dover - Abandoned on the Side of the Road
Luke - Abandoned 3 Days, No Food or Water
Lucy - Shot in Police Raid, Needs Loving Home
Erick - Dumped in Park, Too Weak and Frightened to Run
Bella and Stella - Starved by Neglectful Owner
Cooper and Daisy - Owner Threatened with Eviction
Tristan - Left Tied to Fence at Abandoned House
Charlie - 8 Years Old, Rescued from Sand Pit
AHS Helps Rescue Group with Dogs in Urgent Need
Hercules - Covered with Wounds, Cheered by A Simple Toy
Melvin - Trapped Beneath Mats and Knots
JoJo - Update Feb.22nd
Irvington Dogs Chained, Starving Behind Abandoned House
Cherry and Dottie - 2 Strays Cruelly Maced
Lucy - Shot in Police Raid
Marley - Update Feb. 1st
Max the Guard Dog - Update 1/31
Van Gogh - Mutilated, Abandoned, Found by Good Samaritan


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