New York Women Face Eviction Over Cats

Woman and her mother must find new homes for nearly 30 felines.

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A Queens, N.Y., woman who at one point had 100 cats living in the studio apartment that she shares with her mother is facing eviction and looking for homes for her more than two dozen remaining felines.

Melanie Neer, 50, first gained notoriety five years ago when CNN did a story on her and the nearly 100 cats that she and her mother, Barbaralee Neer, 73, were taking care of in their apartment.

The publicity led to dozens of the cats being adopted, but 30 of the felines remain, and Neer is obligated by an agreement with her landlord to either reduce the number of cats to two or be evicted.

The landlord said that the eviction was a last-ditch effort to eliminate a health and safety problem, and that the Neers broke an agreement in 2001 to keep only two cats.

Workers with Animal Care and Control of New York City have been removing cats from the apartment daily, and said that those that are not adopted will be euthanized.

Posted: May 2, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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m    bronx, NY

3/19/2009 3:15:44 PM

pleas help her she as more then 100 cat in a apartment. she is sick losing weight. she is dangering her health and the building health enviorment

Michele    Tustin, CA

4/9/2008 10:04:54 PM

Obviously, nobody told them about spay and neuter. It's my impression that somebody should have intervened much sooner. How can you hide 100 cats in a studio apartment? The landlord should've checked to make sure the limit was being adhered to before the problem got too big. It's a shame the remaining cats had to be euthanized just because this woman and her mother evidently saw fit to flaunt the rules. They're being put to death for something that's not their fault. Landlords, if you're going to allow pets, enforce the limits. Otherwise, you don't have much cause to complain.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

12/19/2007 7:14:40 AM

I do agree that they have WAY too many cats, I do wish that some organization would come in and take them and try and find homes for them. It is a sad feeling that they would have to give some of them up to know they were going to be put down.

Amy    Mt. Juliet, TN

6/21/2007 1:05:03 AM

This is why everyone should SPAY and NEUTER their pets! Too many animals are put to sleep over owners not being responsible. So if you love your pets, get them fixed. It prevents lots of pain and misery. Be sure to get them pain meds when you have them fixed too. Would you want to have a hysterectomy without something for the pain? Neither does your kitty.

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