Paducah Woman Takes Plea After 28 Cats Seized
By The Associated Press
PADUCAH, KY - A Paducah woman who had 28 cats seized from her home by investigators has been barred from owning more than three felines.
The Paducah Sun reports that 74-year-old Janice Lady submitted an Alford plea Thursday to 28 counts of animal cruelty as part of an agreement with the county attorney's office. Under an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict.
As part of the diversionary agreement, Lady must demonstrate over the next two years that she is complying with terms laid out by the county attorney's office. If she meets those terms, including no longer feeding strays, the case will be dismissed in 2017.
Investigators say they found the cats living in deplorable conditions in May. Because the house was so packed with belongings, it took authorities four days to catch the cats.
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