A man from Madison Heights, Michigan is facing animal cruelty charges after more than 60 sick cats were found inside his home. Steven Kwasiborski, 58, was arraigned on one count of animal cruelty to 10 or more animals over the weekend.
Police were called after neighbors noticed strong odors coming from Kwasiborski’s home, ClickOnDetroit reports. A search warrant was executed on Thursday, which led to a gruesome discovery.
“The cats are in extremely poor condition and are heavily flea infested,” Madison Heights Police Chief Corey Haines said in a statement police released on Monday. “The cats were using the entire house as a litter box.”
Even worse, bodies of dead cats and kittens were found all over the home, according to WXYZ Detroit. The felines that are alive are flea-infested and sick. Authorities were still trying to locate and remove cats on Monday.
“They have to wear protective gear and masks because the conditions inside the house are so deplorable,” Madison Heights Police Lt. Mike Siladke told the Daily Tribune. “The cats were hiding everywhere in the house.”
The Madison Heights Police Department worked with the Oakland County Animal Shelter to remove the animals and every cat checked looked at by a veterinarian. The Madison Heights Animal Shelter lacks the space to handle the abundance of ill animals. They are asking rescue cat facilities for assistance. Police said some of the cats will become adoptable.
Kwasiborski may face up to four years in prison and a fine of $5,000, in addition to 500 hours of community service.
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