A woman is facing a felony charge after police found 21 abandoned cats at a home on West Street on March 22.
Ludlow Police Lt. Daniel Valadas told 22News detectives arrested 42-year-old Carrie Douthwright on a felony animal cruelty charge on Thursday.
Police first learned about the situation that Friday afternoon when the MSPCA asked them for assistance contacting the owner of the home. The first two officers who arrived at the house Friday found between 10 and 20 cats living in “uninhabitable” conditions.
An excessive amount of animal feces was found on the floor, and furniture and the home smelled like urine. Ludlow Police obtained a search warrant and were able to return to the house the following morning along with an MSPCA officer.
In total, 21 cats were found inside the home. Several of them were found in very poor health, but all of them were alive.
According to Lt. Valadas, the homeowner was out of town at the time of the sweep. The cats are being treated at the MSPCA’s Animal Care and Adoption Center in Boston.
Signs were posted on the front door and window following the police investigation, that said “Danger: this structure is unsafe for human use.”
Hoarding animals is considered a psychological disorder and animal cruelty is a felony in the state of Massachusetts.