69 cats removed from Providence apartment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Animal control officers removed dozens of cats from a Providence apartment Thursday morning.

According to Deputy Police Chief Thomas Oates, members of the city’s police department, the Providence Animal Rescue League and the RISPCA responded to the Progress Avenue residence after neighbors complained of cat hoarding.

A total of 69 cats were taken from the second-floor apartment. RISPCA President Dr. Ernest Finocchio said the apartment was a mess and the cats were in bad shape. Many of them were not vaccinated, neutered, or spayed, and several had ear mites and parasites, he explained.

Dr. Finocchio also said the 62-year-old woman who lives in the apartment will not be charged.

Oates said Providence Code Enforcement and the building inspector have been called in to assess the apartment.

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