2 Plead Not Guilty After 14 Cats Found Stuffed into Crate in ‘Disgusting Filth’ in Claremont
CLARMEONT (AP) — Two people accused of cramming 14 cats into a medium-sized dog crate left outside a house in New Hampshire have pleaded not guilty.
One of the cats was found dead and a second has since died. The rest of the cats are recovering.
Dwaine Lord and Crystal Lamonda, of Claremont, were cited on 14 misdemeanor counts each of cruelty to animals. They pleaded not guilty Monday. They are free on bond and have been ordered not to have any pets in their care.
The cats were found in November. The Humane Society had said the crate would be acceptable for up to two adult cats.
"The repulsive odor of feces, urine and blood was such an overpowering stench that we all gagged," the Sulllivan County Humane Society posted on its Facebook page in November. "We pulled out the first few; they were covered in feces and soaking wet with blood and urine. We were able to wring their tails out and the disgusting filth just ran off of them."