Springfield resident charged with animal cruelty for the second time


New charges of animal cruelty Friday night against a man already on probation for the same charges. 

A T.J. O’Connor Animal Shelter supervisor said seven cats were removed from Russel Corby’s home in Springfield. Some of the cats had eyes missing, and at least one has had to be put down. 

Animal Control Supervisor Hannah Orenstein told 22News Corby has been charged with animal cruelty and violating his probation, after T.J. O’Connor animal shelter staffers found seven cats in poor condition during a home inspection. 

Orenstein said 40 cats had been removed from the home previously in 2016. Some of those cats needed blood transfusions, eyes removed, or having to be put down.

Care costs ran into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

“The seven cats that we brought into TJO were in marginally better condition than the cats last time,” Orenstein told 22News. “Three or four of the cats only have one eye, one cat was very very ill and needed to be euthanized.”

The shelter said the cats are doing better, but they can’t be adopted unless Corby surrenders them. They’ll remain at the shelter pending the outcome of the case. 

22News went to the home on Switzer Street where the animals were found, but no one came to the door. 

A neighbor called police this week over concerns for the cats. 

Neighbor Rodney MacDonald said, “The cats were, it’s just it was gross. Anybody would have called if they had seen it. We come down the street, and you see them rolling around the lawn with their eye hanging out. He must like animals. but I don’t understand. He can’t take care of them he shouldn’t have them. Period.”

Corby is expected back in court sometime in the coming weeks.

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