Man charged for abandoning cat and kittens in cage

Man charged with felony animal cruelty for abandoning cat and kittens in cage

An Ohio man, suspected of being responsible for abandoning a mother cat and her kittens inside of a secured cage which was dumped in the trash, is facing multiple felony animal cruelty charges. The suspect, identified as 59-year-old Jerry L. Hardy, of Franklin Township, was arrested and charged on Friday, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

The Portage Animal Protective League, in Portage County, Ohio, stated that the mother cat and eight kittens were discovered inside of a crate which had been closed with screws before being discarded in a trash bag. One of the kittens was dead by the time the family was discovered – the other kittens were in dismal condition and one more died after being found.

The animal welfare agency is caring for the surviving cat and kittens. Hardy was taken to jail and he is facing seven felony charges.

Prior article about this cruelty case here.

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