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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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Mai - Stones in Her Stomach, Owner Unable to Afford Care
Quesadilla, Surrendered and a Mom-to-Be
SnowBaby - Maltese Puppy Born with 5 Legs
Carmen - Found with Paralyzed Back Legs
Fozzie - A City Stray Found Walking on His Wrists
Midnight and Mika - Need Multiple Medical Issues Addressed
Natasha - Given Up at 6 Years Old with Torn Ligament
Pneumonia, A Broken Hip - and Mut's Still Smiling
Shadow - Surrendered with Multiple Medical Issues
Billy and Snowball - Needed Help When Owner Passed Away
Delilah - Thrown Out Apt. Window for Spite
Patty - Another Severely Neglected Tibetan Mastiff
Rhonda - Injured, Needs Leg Amputated
Leo, Tibetan Mastiff- Feb. 29 Post Surgery Update
Chance - Beaten by Owner, Only Wants Love
Goldie - Front Legs Broken, Left on Sidewalk
Leo, Tibetan Mastiff Feb. 26 Update
Puffer - Suffered Severe Neglect
Leo, Tibetan Mastiff - Feb.17 Update
Oreo - Suffered Horrific Wounds to Head
Mable, Maggie and Pedro - Calm with Thundershirts
Rocco - Blind, Diabetic and Emaciated
Leo, Tibetan Mastiff - Feb.9 Update
Koda and Maya - Come through Surgery Like Real Troopers
Leo, Tibetan Mastiff - Feb.2nd Update
Lynette - Starving Stray Rescued from Asbury Park
Van Gogh - Mutilated, Abandoned, Found by Good Samaritan


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