- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. (AP) - Five family members face animal neglect charges after police and humane society workers removed more than 150 cats from a house in Rensselaer County.

State police said Thursday that each of the Schaghticoke (SKAT’-ih-kohk) residents was charged with 106 counts of failure to provide proper food, water and sustenance. They are 29-year-old Earl Millard, 59-year-old Regina Millard, 65-year-old Bertha Ryan, 63-year-old Mary Ryan, and 29-year-old Edward Ryan.

All five were arraigned and sent to Rensselaer County Jail on $1,000 bail.

The house where the cats were removed is owned by Bertha Ryan. She and her sister Regina Millard were stopped by police in Bennington, Vermont, in 2010 with 77 cats in two cars.

Humane officials say the family has been involved in four hoarding cases involving a total of 450 cats.

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