Wolcott police: 53 cats, 1 dog found in home during untimely death investigation

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A file photo of a Wolcott, Conn., police cruiser.

A file photo of a Wolcott, Conn., police cruiser.

Wolcott Police / Contributed

WOLCOTT — An untimely death investigation on Saturday morning led officers to a house filled with “dozens and dozens” of live cats, several dead ones and a dog in “very bad health,” according to police chief.

Officers responded to a Spring Road home for a medical assist call around 11 a.m. Saturday. Police Chief Edward Stephens said it ended up being an untimely death. He said the death does not appear suspicious at this time, but police are awaiting autopsy results.

While officers were at the home, Stephens said, they noticed the house “in complete disarray, with a horrible stench.”

Stephens said animal control officers responded and found 53 cats, 12 of which were dead, and a dog in very bad health. He said all the animals were removed from the home and taken to see a veterinarian.

The fire marshal, building inspector and health department responded to inspect the home, which Stephens said was condemned.

He said charges of animal cruelty are expected to be filed at the conclusion of the police investigation.