Man Found Dead in Home With Dozens of Cats

Saturday, Jan 11, 2014  |  Updated 4:07 PM EDT
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Man Found Dead in Home With Dozens of Cats

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A man was found dead in a Hartford home with dozens of cats this afternoon and police are investigating this as a suspicious death.

Police identify him as 50-year-old Anthony Arena.

An elderly woman who lives in the home had gone to Hartford Hospital a few days earlier and is in critical condition, police said.

Police went to the home on Bannister Street around 2 p.m. Friday after the hospital contacted them to check on the house.

Officers said they found the home in a state of squalor with several dozen, poorly maintained cats and birds.

Investigators believe Arena may have died from an accidental overdose.

The medical examiner's office will give the official cause of death.

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