Monday, July 13, 2009

Woman who had 150 cats in NJ mansion fined $35,000

The Associated Press

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - A woman accused of keeping 150 cats in her New Jersey mansion has been ordered to pay more than $35,000 in fines and restitution. Wanda Oughton pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of animal cruelty for failing to provide adequate shelter. The judge in Chester Township Municipal Court also told the 62-year-old she's not allowed to own more than six cats over the next three years.

Authorities in March found the cats living in urine- and feces-covered rooms in Oughton's home, once valued at $1 million.

Oughton's lawyer Lawrence Fox told the judge the problem arose because of Oughton's love for animals and she became "overwhelmed by the situation."

Bloggers note: 150 cats? Thats all? There is a hoarder in our neighborhood that claims to be a rescue and has nearly 400 cats (at last count) living in a small home. I have reported this "cat rescue" to The Mohawk-Hudson River Humane Society ( - who professed to know of the situation,....but amazingly, nothing was ever done. I have heard it is so bad in that house that it is near impossible to breathe. No doubt the cats are suffering, at the very least, respitory problems..

Information from: Daily Record,

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