A Jackson Heights woman has been convicted of 108 counts of animal cruelty and neglect for failing to provide adequate care for 41 dogs and 67 cats she hoarded. The home of Elizabeth Grant was covered in “excessive amounts of feces and fur.” The odor emanated throughout the home, and the “stench of urine was overpowering” reported the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
Grant was found guilty following a six-day trial for animal cruelty and failure to provide proper food and drinks to impounded animals.
According to the New York Daily News, a police officer arrived at Elizabeth Grant’s home on January 6, 2016, to check on the woman’s mother who had been the victim of a crime. No one answered the door that day, but the officer could see pets inside of the home which appeared to be filthy. Less than two weeks later, the officer returned with representatives from the ASPCA and found an excessive amount of feces and fur. The cats and dogs living in the home had patches of fur missing, crusted eyes and one cat was not able to walk.
That day, the ASPCA rescued 55 cats, 12 dogs and two turtles. The animals showed serious symptoms of neglect; 12 animals had to be humanely euthanized. More than 50 of the animals have since been placed in new homes.
Grant contends she rescued the animals and had planned to move out of the city and into a larger home despite the cruelty charges against her.
“The truth is, I never hurt the animals, they have no proof,” she has stated in her own defense.
Grant will be sentenced on April 29 and faces up to two years in prison and a life-time ban against owning any pets.
(Photos of woman guilty of 108 counts of animal cruelty via Facebook)
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