Police are investigating an incident of animal cruelty after 16 cats were found in an apartment in Hamden on Wednesday morning.
The Hamden Animal Control Division was called to a report of animal cruelty at 13 Augur St. around 10:30 a.m.
The cats were found in a third floor apartment and rushed to Beacon Valley Animal Hospital for “medical treatment.”
However, police said two of the cats died in the apartment.
During their investigation, police learned that the apartment tenant left the home “several weeks ago” and left the cats behind.
There was no water or food in the apartment.
Police did not say who the tenant was or if they would face charges. The investigation into the report of animal cruelty was continuing, according to police.
The cats are now at the Halfway House Rescue, where Stephanie Maselli encounters all kinds of situations while coming to the aid of animal in distress. This latest animal rescue by Maselli and her team left them speechless.
"We saw cat feces up to our ankles, bags of garbage waist, the smell you could smell from the walkway before you even entered the home," Maselli said.
She said she can't recall a worse case of hoarding with animals than the one she encountered over the July 4 weekend.
"All of them are very skinny, very dehydrated, but we are thankful that we got there in time and nobody was in distress," Maselli said.
The cats have been examined, received vaccinations and were spayed and neutered and were found to be free of disease.
"The next 30 days they are going to stay here at our main facility and decompress, get them fed, get some weight back on and enjoy a clean environment for the first time in their lives," Maselli said.
After that, some of the cats will be ready for adoption. The ones that are not a good fit for adoption will be placed in foster care.
The home was condemned by the Quinnipiac Valley Health District.
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