Women Charged with Neglecting Cats

Suburban Maryland residents face 225 counts.

Posted: September 14, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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Two Columbia, Md., women will each face 225 counts related to the neglect and suffering of 75 cats that were found in their home last month, police say.

The women, Ayten Icgoren, 78, and Nese Enetullah Icgoren, 50, came to animal control officers’ attention last month after neighbors complained about a smell, according to Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

When police contacted Ayten Icgoren, she claimed they had only three cats in the house, Llewellyn said. But officers obtained a search warrant and seized 75 felines from the residence on Aug. 10.

The officers found 17 dead cats, and the 58 that were still living showed signs of malnutrition and disease. Fifty of the cats had to be euthanized because of poor health; five later died; and the surviving three are still in poor condition.

The women, who shared the house, each were charged with 75 counts of inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering, 75 counts of failure to provide proper care for the cats and 75 counts of violating the county's animal cruelty code.

Ayten Icgoren also was charged with one count of interfering with a police investigation.

Llewellyn said that investigators were uncertain why the women were holding the cats.

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Kathy    Atlantic Beach, NC

6/25/2007 4:30:20 PM

Very sad for all involved. It's too late for the kitties but I certainly hope these ladies get some help as it's clear they have mental problems. I hope they are watched closely so they can't start hoarding again.

Holly    Lake Charles, LA

9/20/2006 7:53:14 AM

Oh my goodness! I dont care HOW old a person is or how they cant remember to do certain things..........there is NO EXCUSE for not taking care of those cats! Its awful and makes me so upset. I mean, I'd have 75 cats if I could, but it would be because I owned my own rescue organization!!!!

Michele    Anaheim, CA

9/15/2006 11:51:18 PM

This is disgusting. These women obviously are in need of serious psychiactric care. They lie about how many cats they have, and since one was charged with interfering, she obviously tried to keep officers from getting the cats out of there to safety. It's ironic that they said they had only 3 cats, and that's how many survived. People like that belong in mental institutions.

Regina    Bethany, OK

9/15/2006 9:18:31 PM

Hopefully this will send a message to other people on the consequences of animal neglect.

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