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