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Readsboro Woman Accused of Animal Cruelty

Posted on Jun 14, 2007 - 4:50 PM
Rutland Herald
Article published Jun 1, 2007
Readersboro woman accused of animal cruelty

READSBORO A woman has been cited on charges of animal cruelty. Police believe has been hoarding pets.

Catherine Oldham, 63, of Readsboro, was cited May 22. Oldham was released from police custody and is scheduled to appear in Bennington District Court on Monday.

Police began investigating Oldham in Readsboro when they conducted a welfare check at her home. Investigators noticed a strong smell of animal waste, but couldn't learn more because Oldham would not allow them in her home.

In March, a neighbor notified the animal control officer in Readsboro that Oldham was in the hospital and the pets in the house seemed to be unattended.

Police found what they believed to be unsanitary conditions in the home. Young and adult dogs and cats were found. Oldham gave permission for the young animals to be taken into custody by the state. At least six dogs and several cats were taken from Oldham's home.

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