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Thursday, October 13, 2005


Talk About It, Talk About It ...
Animal Cruelty Case Makes One Wonder
How many cats do you have? How many could you stand? What's the most you've ever known someone to have? And how many could anyone properly care for?

Such questions come to mind after reading an account from the Associated Press:

Blanche Jones, 88, and Carol Dewey, 51, were heckled by protesters yesterday as they showed up at court in Bensalem. Accused of keeping 22 cats and a dog in waste-laden carriers in an apartment, the mother and daughter were ordered to stand trial in county court on animal cruelty charges.

Bucks County SPCA officials said another 20 dead cats were found in a house owned by Jones. Dewey countered she has evidence of unfair treatment by the SPCA.

In 1992, the women pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for keeping 105 cats and were forced to give them up. A few years later, the SPCA again discovered them with an excessive population of felines, and worked out a deal for the women to keep some, director Anne Irwin said.

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