Harford Cats Found in Squalor Available for Adoption

Friday, Jan 17, 2014  |  Updated 11:56 AM EDT
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Harford Cats Found in Squalor Available for Adoption

Hartford police

Cats left in a Hartford home where a man was found dead are now available for adoption,

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Dozens of cats found living in squalor in a Hartford home are available for adoption through several agencies.

Police found the cats inside the home at 118 Banister Street on the afternoon of Jan. 10 when they conducted a well-being check.

Inside the house, they found the body of Anthony J. Arena, 50. Police said they believe he died of an accidental overdose but are continuing to investigate.

Authorities also found several dozen poorly maintained cats and some birds.

In the days after first responding to the home, Hartford Police Animal Control Officer Sherry DeGenova and one of Arena’s relatives captured and rescued two birds and 43 cats from the home.

The birds have been placed with new owners, but the cats have been placed in various shelters throughout Connecticut and need new homes.

The cast range in age from approximately 3 months old to 10 years old, they a variety of colors and breeds and all have tested negative for Feline Leukemia/AIDS and are in good condition.  B

The following agencies are providing help to shelter and find new permanent homes for the animals.

  • Whiskers Animal Shelter, 342 Lathrop Rd, Plainfield, CT 860-564-7138
  • Protectors of Animals, 144 Main St, East Hartford, CT 860-569-0722
  • Our Companions, 46 Floeting Rd, Ashford, CT 860-477-0988
  • Animal Nation, Norwalk, CT,  Email: PurrSouls@gmail.com
  • CT Humane  Society, 701 Russell Rd Newington, CT 860-666-3337
  • Wolcott Animal Control, 775 Boundline Road Wolcott, CT 203-879-2579
  • Tolland, CT Animal Control Division 21 Tolland Green, Tolland, CT 860- 871-3676

Anyone interested in adopting one of these cats should call the above listed agencies directly.

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