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SPCA Investigates Neglected Cat Found at Route 22 Motel

The animal reportedly weighs about 4 and a half pounds—less than half of what is recommended.

Officials say they are treating the recent discovery of a dehydrated, emaciated cat—who has been diagnosed with several illnesses—as a criminal case.

Authorities found the animal, who is between 2 and 5 years old, in a plastic crate at the Southeast business at about noon Monday. Staff members there came across the cat and contacted the New York State Police, who responded and subsequently called the Putnam SPCA.

"SPCA officers quickly determined the cat was in distress and rushed the animal to the Westchester Animal Hospital," officials said. "Upon veterinary examination, the cat’s condition was found to be extremely severe causing the cat to suffer." 

The animal, an adult tan and white, male cat with short hair, weighs about 4 and a half pounds. Officials say the cat should weigh around 11. Doctors have reportedly diagnosed the animal with ear mites, feline calicivirus, advanced-stage kidney failure and an upper respiratory infection. 

Because the cat was abandoned and found in such a poor state, officials are investigating the matter and treating it as a crimial one. They say the ear mites—which would have taken months, or years, to develop—are another sign of neglect.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call 845-520-6915 or visit www.spcaputnam.org. The animal cruelty hotline runs 24 hours a day, and all calls will be kept confidential, according to officials.

Ashley Tarr September 25, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Patch chose to omit photos of the cat, which the SPCA provided, as they were too graphic for publication. I'm waiting to hear back on whether officials believe this case is connected to the decapitated cat found in Putnam Lake last month (more information on that available a the following link: http://patch.com/A-xgRV).
Ashley Tarr September 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Here's what Detective Ken Ross of the Putnam SPCA had to say about the possibility of this case being tied to the one last month: "There is no reason to believe this case has any connection with the decapitated cat in Putnam Lake. Unfortunately cases like this one ... are very common. We see abandonment of animals all too often, whether it's leaving a cat in a kennel outside a business, leaving a dog or cat in an apartment where a tenant was evicted, leaving a dog or cat in a home that has been foreclosed, or tying a dog to a fence and walking away."

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