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2 Martinsville women charged with animal cruelty; police say 27 neglected cats found in home


MARTINSVILLE, Virginia — Two Martinsville women face animal cruelty charges stemming from the discovery of neglected and dead cats in a house.

The Martinsville Bulletin (http://bit.ly/1KJY05D ) reports that 36-year-old Latricia Michelle Yates has been indicted on 27 misdemeanor and 10 felony cruelty to animal charges.

The Martinsville grand jury charged Yates' mother, 59-year-old Barbara June Ray, with 27 misdemeanor cruelty to animal charges.

Police say officers went to a house owned by Ray on May 9 to perform a well-being check. They noticed a strong odor and contacted a relative to gain entry because Ray wasn't there.

Police found 27 live cats and 10 dead cats inside. Some of the cats had health problems.

The SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County removed the cats from the house. The house later was condemned by the city.

Information from: Martinsville Bulletin, http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com

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