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150 Cats in Home: Humane Society Workers Forced to Wear Hazmat Gear

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 10:41 AM

About 150 cats were found at a home in Schaghticoke, New York, just north of Albany, this week, though the discovery didn’t surprise humane society officials because the suspects had been reported before for animal hoarding.

State Police Sgt. S.P. Dauphinais told the Times-Union that the home was in "deplorable condition," forcing troopers and Mohawk Hudson Humane Society workers to wear hazmat suits to avoid the infestation of fleas. Cats were found all over the house, including in the walls.

While police and humane officials would not identify the homeowner, the Times-Union reported that her name is Bertha A. Ryan. She was involved in at least two other animal hoarding incidents, according to the newspaper.

"This is a woman who has a history of picking up cats off the street," Brad Shear, director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, told WTEN-TV. "We don't know where these cats came from, so certainly if these cats belong to someone else, we want to make sure they get back to their proper owner."

One neighbor said she was shocked there were so many cats in the home.

"I think it's horrible, especially if it's the second time it's happened," resident Ashley Morsen told the television station. "Shouldn't they be watching after the first time? And if they are other peoples' cats? I'd be mad if it was our cat. Wouldn't you?"

"She's been doing this for years," Carol Lane, another neighbor, told the Times-Union. "It's a shame."

The Times-Union reported that Ryan and her sister, Regina Millard, were stopped in Bennington, Vermont, in 2010 with 77 cats in two cars. According to previous police reports, Ryan shared the home with another sister, Mary A. Ryan, who was also involved in animal hoarding cases in the past.

"This makes 450 cats," Shear told the Times-Union, citing the total number of cats involved in the four instances.

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About 150 cats were found at a home in Schaghticoke, New York, just north of Albany, this week, though the discovery didn’t surprise humane society officials because the suspects had been reported before for animal hoarding.
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