Nearly 700 cats rescued, cat owners Florida couple arrested (Video)

By on Aug 18, 2011 in Animals, United States Comments

A Florida couple was arrested on Monday, August 15, 2011 and was charged for allegedly hoarding nearly 700 cats, as shown in the video below.

Some of the 700 cats rescued
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According to US news sites on Wednesday, Steve and Pennie Lefkowitz were the owners of the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary, where 697 cats have been rescued by Alachua County Animal Services about 2 months ago.

Last June, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which assisted in rescuing the animals, reported that the cats were housed mainly in unsanitary wire pens in High Springs and with poor health condition.

“Whether the sanctuary started with good intentions, it is now clear that it is unable to properly care for this number of animals, and we want to make sure they get the care and attention they need,” HSUS Deputy Manager Ashley Mauceri said on the report.

“We are grateful to Alachua County Animal Services and all of the groups that came together to assist in this rescue.” Mauceri added, with the case noted to be among the largest cat hoarding cases in U.S. history.

On the other hand, Pennie Lefkowitz denied earlier that she and his husband are not cat hoarders and said the cat sanctuary simply got flooded with cats in a short amount of time. The couple was jailed but was released after posting bail.

Meanwhile, State Attorney Bill Cervone told reports he believes the couple had good intentions when they started the cat sanctuary but have not maintained it well later.

700 Cats rescued from Alachua County, Florida
Video Credit: HSUS/YouTube

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