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Several cats from animal cruelty case in Ontario County remain at Humane Society due to legal battle

Several of the cats seized last year during an animal abuse investigation have not been adopted.

Not for a lack of desire or interest, though.

There’s a legal stalemate playing out between one of the charged – and prosecutors.

The Daily Messenger reports that eight or nine of the 12 cats seized are still in their care, and that total costs are piling up to care for them.

Dawn Swan, 41, Karen Swan, 65, Darrel Swan, 67, and Jody Ingram, 46, were each charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty and 12 counts of failure to provide food and water to an impounded animal after a welfare check on May 15th.

The investigation was prompted by a report of children and animals living in deplorable conditions. The house is locate don North Road and was reportedly filled with feces. A dead cat was even found at the bottom of the stairs at the home.

Three of the four defendants have settled. Meanwhile, since the cats are considered evidence in the case – they cannot be adopted until the fourth case is closed.


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