The two women accused of a heinous cat-hoarding over in Monterey County appeared in court today where they pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of animal cruelty.
As we informed you last month, Donna Johnson and her mother, Maggie Johnson, have been accused of hoarding and neglecting, to put it lightly, a few hundred cats on several Seaside properties.
On July 24, a property manager tipped off SPCA staff to the extreme feline collection under the Johnsons' care. When inspectors arrived, they found the remains of 113 kittens, as well as 51 adult cats that were living in disgusting, cramped spaces, with little or no ventilation.
Three of the cats had to be euthanized, while the remainder of the animals were moved to their own commune with natural sunlight, air, and all the (toy) mice they could ask for.
The SPCA tells us that all 48 rescued felines are showing signs of life again. If you don't believe us, watch this heartwarming video that's sure to squeeze a few tears out of the surliest grinch.
The sad story garnered so much media attention across the globe, that naturally, people wanted to help. The SPCA created the felines' very own registry, allowing generous donors to buy them cat trees, beds, and panic mice so these cats can finally relax and enjoy life for a change.
Now we know what you are thinking, and no, these cats are not adoptable -- yet. The felines must stay in the care of the SPCA while the criminal case is pending, said Beth Brookhouser, director of community outreach for the SPCA.
"The SPCA had originally received reports that some of the cats may have
been taken from local streets and may have owners looking for them," she said. "To
date, no matches have been made."
The Johnsons are scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 3.
To donate to the care and medical treatment of these cats, purchase gifts on Amazon, or to help with the SPCA's rescue efforts, go to www.SPCAmc.org/cats.
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