Cats, 1 With Bullet Fragment in Abdomen, Abandoned at Urine-soaked Home, Police Say
BROOKLINE — A woman faces seven counts of animal cruelty after officers found cats, including one with a bullet fragment in his abdomen, in poor health, police said.
On Wednesday, police arrested Stephanie Gay, 49, of 3 Ninth St., Brookline, after an investigation that started Oct. 31.
The cats had been left in an abandoned home on Old Milford Road. A detective standing outside the home could smell a strong odor of cat urine and received permission from the property owner for a representative from Kitty Angels to enter the home.
Inside the home was found to be "in an appalling state of disrepair, with trash strewn about," police wrote in a press release.
Seven cats in poor health, including flea infestations, were found. Several also were suffering from an intestinal infection, giardia and/or dermatitis. A 6-year-old male cat rescuers named Salem had a bullet fragment in his abdomen, was missing teeth, one broken tooth and a torn eyelid. All the cats had to be hospitalized.
Hollis police believe the case is connected to kittens abandoned on the side of the road Oct. 31 in that town but referred all calls to Brookline.
Gay was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 20 in Milford district court.