Putnam County SPCA observed deplorable living conditions for both humans and animals alike.

On Tuesday, May 28th, Putnam County SPCA officers responded to an address on Chief Nimham Road in the town of Kent. The Kent Police Department, through the Town of Kent Dog Control Officer, requested the Putnam County SPCA’s assistance regarding a possible animal neglect situation.

Kent Police were assisting the Putnam County Child Protective Services at said location in regard to the welfare of a child and unsanitary living conditions. 

Upon arrival, officers of the Putnam County SPCA observed deplorable living conditions for both humans and animals alike. Upon further investigation, SPCA officers found extreme animal neglect.

Officers of the Putnam County SPCA seized 9 animals that were seen to be living in urine soaked, cluttered, feces filled environments. All of the animals showed some level of emaciation, but others were extremely emaciated.

Nine animals in all were seized and among them were one (1) boxer breed dog with extreme emaciation having a Body Condition Score of 1/9.

The Body Condition Score is based on a 1 to 9 rating where 1 is extreme emaciation with muscle loss and 9 is extreme obesity. Healthy animals are in the 5 range. Three (3) chihuahuas -with Body Condition Scores of 1/9, 3/9 and thin but with a significant heart murmur.

One (1) SEVERELY EMACIATED, German Shephard with a Body Condition Scale of 1/9, one (1) ferret, one (1) rabbit, and two (2) cats were seized from the deplorable living conditions.

All the animals were covered with filth, feces and smelled of urine. All showed signs of severe neglect.

The Putnam County SPCA arrested the 45-year-old female resident and owner of the animals on 9 alleged counts of animal cruelty. Due to the involvement of Child Protective Services the Putnam County SPCA will not be releasing the name of the individual. At present, the animals are not available.

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