Charges pending in Camden animal cruelty investigation

CAMDEN – Investigation was ongoing and charges pending after 182 cats and a dog were found living in “deplorable” conditions at a residence last week, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health.

A deceased cat was also recovered as Office of Animal Welfare officers executed a search warrant last Thursday after a tip from the public, DPH said on Instagram and Facebook pages.

The OAW’s Delaware Animal Services Unit is handling the investigation.
Citing the ongoing investigation, spokesman Sean Dooley on Tuesday said the DPH would not comment further.

According to the Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA), it was possibly the largest single hoarding case seizure in state history.

“Our team is pretty well equipped for a large intake but this is a lot of stress on our team and supplies,” spokesperson Linda Torelli said.

The animals were turned over to the BVSPCA for further evaluation and any needed care. Being underweight, skin irritation from flea infestation and upper respiratory infections were the biggest medical issues they faced, Ms. Torelli said.

The cats went up for adoption in Georgetown, Dover, New Castle and West Chester, Pa.

“Our focus is on the future they now have and the opportunity for a much better life,” Ms. Torelli said.

Ms. Torelli said several adoptions were made beginning Sunday night, and about 75% of the felines are comfortable with humans.

Some of the “working cats” who live on their own but need food, water and medical support were adopted first, Ms. Torelli said.

Information on making an adoption is available online at bvspca.org/cat-hoarding-adoption.