A couple was found dead in their Yorktown house along with nearly 150 cats. On Monday, police conducted a welfare check at the request of someone, and discovered the man and woman dead inside their home on Cordial Road.
The cause of death remains under investigation but no foul play is suspected: the Westchester County Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
On Tuesday, the SPCA removed around 100 cats, which were loaded into crates and taken to the Briarcliff facility for treatment of illnesses like eye infections, respiratory infections, and ear mites.
Police and animal control officials were surprised to find that the cats were very friendly despite being in such a large number. The couple may have been breeding Abyssinian cats but became overwhelmed.
The remaining 30 to 50 cats in the home are being fed and given water by volunteers as local shelters are full. There were no complaints from neighbors, and the discovery came as a surprise to some. Neighbor Patti Pfeifer expressed her wonder about how the couple got so many cats and if no one questioned their actions.
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