NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. -- Close to two dozen cats, many of them ailing and covered with their own feces, were rescued from a home in New Windsor recently, according to a report by Time Warner Cable News.
Their owner, 49-year-old Janine Rizutto, has been charged with animal cruelty after 21 kitties were seized from her condemned, flea-infested home Friday, May 27, the Time Warner Cable News report said.
The majority of the cats were taken in at Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary in Middletown; the remainder, by the Human Society of Walden, both of which are asking for donations from the public to help cover the felines’ medical, food and other costs, Time Warner Cable News said.
Pets Alive posted a plea for $15,000 on its website, saying that’s probably the minimum needed to get all the animals in shape for their eventual adoption.
Most, if not all of the cats, have flea dermatitis, a skin disease caused by an allergy to flea bites, and a few have almost no fur, Pets Alive said.
Many have ear infections, missing or rotted teeth, are malnourished, and have “other illnesses yet to be uncovered,” sanctuary officials said.
Dental work alone can cost upwards of $800 for each cat, they added.
Donations of wet/canned cat food (Friskies preferred), bleach, paper towels, he-type laundry detergent, and black contractor bags can be dropped off at the shelter on 363 Derby Road, Middletown.
It is open seven days a week.
To donate, visit the shelter’s website at www.petsalive.com .
The Humane Society of Walden, which is caring for six of the cats, is at 2489 Albany Post Road, Walden.
It can be reached by calling (845)- 778-5115.
For more information, visit its website at www.waldenhumane.org/ .
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