Two people have been charged with Abandonment of Animals, after Elmira animal control officers found 49 cats abandoned inside a home on West Clinton Street.
47-year-old Marianne Card and 51-year-old Robert Wood are accused of leaving the cats behind without any medical care.
All 49 cats were taken to the Elmira Animal Shelter to be cared for, and the shelter is putting out the call for cat litter.
Card and Wood are due in court May 4th to answer the charges.
From the Elmira Animal Control Facebook Page:
April 20, 2018, Two Elmira residents were charged today with several counts of “Abandonment of Animals” and “Failure to Provide Rabies Vaccination”.
Elmira Animal Control Officers was called to 524 West Clinton St. to assist Elmira Police and Elmira City Constable with a tenant eviction. The investigation revealed that 49 cats were left behind by the evicted tenants.
It was determined that none of the abandoned animals were spayed or neutered and some of the females were pregnant. According to the owners, the cats never received any medical treatment including vaccinations. Several cats were found to have treatable issues requiring medical care.
Marianne Card, 47 of Elmira, was charged with several counts of Animal Cruelty “Abandonment of Animals”, all Class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to a $1,000 fine, one year in jail or both. Card was also charged several counts of “Failure to Provide Rabies Vaccination” a violation punishable by up to $200.00 fine for each count.
Robert Wood, 51 of Elmira, was charged with several counts of Animal Cruelty “Abandonment of Animals”.
All animal seized from the residence was transported to the Elmira Animal Shelter on Linden Place where they are being treated and cared for.
Both due in Elmira City Court at 10 a.m. May 4th to answer the charges.
Hi everyone!! With the new arrivals, we are down to just two bags of litter left. Donations of any kind are always appreciated, but right now our biggest need is LITTER! If anyone can help, we will be here until 4 pm today. Thanks so much!!