- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

MINISINK, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say dozens of cats were found living in squalid conditions inside an abandoned upstate New York home where police found several dead animals in the backyard.

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports (https://bit.ly/1MahhN0 ) that an Orange County sheriff’s deputy was sent earlier this week to evict a family from a home in the rural town of Minisink, on the Pennsylvania border 75 miles northwest of New York City.

Officials say the family had fled and left about 50 cats and two dogs inside a house covered in animal waste. Police say several cats and a dog were found dead behind a barn on the property.

Workers from a no-kill shelter have taken in all the surviving animals.

No charges have been filed. The investigation is continuing.

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Information from: The Times Herald-Record, https://www.th-record.com

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