This is an update on a story out of Iredell County where 90 cats were rescued from the home of a Mooresville, North Carolina woman. PoC covered the case here back on March 4. Two dead cats were found in the home and another had to be humanely euthanized shortly after the cat arrived at the shelter. Several others suffered from behavioral or medical issues.
Catherine Gayle Craig, 60, was facing one count of animal cruelty for each of the cats found in the home. Eighty-six counts were eventually dismissed, leaving Craig facing four counts when she faced Judge Edward Hedrick on Tuesday in what Iredell County Animal Shelter Director Brad Gate called “the largest in years” and stated “these cats were living in conditions that were just creating a factory for disease.”
According to court records, Craig will serve 18 months of supervised probation. Iredell County Animal Services and Control representatives will visit her home on occasion to ensure Craig isn’t keeping any animals.
Craig had originally told Iredell County Animal Services and Control she had 20 cats. Hopefully, AC will continue to check on her home even after her probation has been served, just in case.