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Dozens Of Cats Rescued In Monterey County Up For Adoption

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A kitten awaits adoption at an East Bay animal shelter. (CBS)

A kitten awaits adoption at an East Bay animal shelter. (CBS)

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MONTEREY (CBS SF) — Cats that were rescued from Seaside properties in a major animal cruelty and neglect case last year are available for adoption from the SPCA Monterey County, officials said.

SPCA officials and Seaside police discovered 51 cats, 113 dead kittens and dozens of cremated cats at two properties occupied by a Seaside woman and her adult daughter in July last year.

Donna Johnson, the adult daughter, was sentenced to 20 days in county jail and three years probation, during which time she may not own any pets or stay in a home with pets, SPCA spokeswoman Dawn Fenton said. Johnson was also ordered to attend counseling.

The 45 surviving cats are now available for adoption. Some of them are friendly, and available for view in cat colony rooms at the SPCA.

Many others were under-socialized when they were rescued, and require special-needs homes, while about a dozen were feral and would do best in a “loving barn home,” Fenton said.

For information on the SPCA, adoption and donations, visit http://www.SPCAmc.org.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)

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