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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Over 50 cats removed from house

  • A Beach Lake woman has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty for having over 50 cats in her home, allegedly kept in unsanitary living conditions.
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  • A Beach Lake woman has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty for having over 50 cats in her home, allegedly kept in unsanitary living conditions.
    Pennsylvania Humane Society Police Officer Marlene Metzger reported June 13th that Barbera Lovis Colby has been charged with 28 counts of animal cruelty. The charges stem from a search warrant executed by Metzger at Colby's residence in May.
    The citations are the result of the 52 cats removed from her residence because of unsanitary living conditions, Metzger said.
    "Ms. Lovis Colby has refused to cooperate and clean up her residence and get the cat numbers down for years," Metzger stated.
    The cats are being cared for at the Dessin Animal Shelter pending a hearing date. "Not one of these cats was spayed or neutered, and they are continuing to give birth here at Dessin. It is a huge undertaking to feed, clean and care for them." stated Metzger. "These cats have never been vaccinated or seen by a veterinarian."
    Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Dog Warden Rickert has charged Colby with 30 counts of failure to provide rabies vaccinations.

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