Case Continued for Wolcott Woman Charged With Dozens of Counts of Animal Cruelty

A Wolcott, Connecticut woman who was arrested on 59 counts of animal cruelty after police said they found dozens of cats living in "deplorable" conditions and one dead in the freezer is due back in court in January.

Officers went to the Finch Road home of Cheryl McMurray in October and found 59 cats living among feces and urine. Another was found dead in the freezer, police said.

The cats were suffering from various ailments including heart murmur, bad teeth, dehydration and upper respiratory issues, according to police. All were taken to local veterinarians to be checked. 

Animal control officers said they have been watching the home for about a year, and began receiving complaints from neighbors about the condition of the home in September. 

McMurray, 53, was released on a promise to appear in court and did not appear on Monday. A judge has ordered McMurray not to possess any cats or dogs and her case has been continued to Jan. 22.

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