CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge after police said several dead cats were found in her apartment’s refrigerator.
WCHS-TV reports 31-year-old Madeline Gourevitch of Charleston was fined $300 Monday. A Kanawha County magistrate suspended a six-month sentence, which will be dropped after a year if she completes 20 hours of community service and stays out of trouble.
According to a criminal complaint, police and animal officials last month found the cats, which died of starvation. A landlord who was checking the property had noticed a smell coming from the kitchen.
Police say cat feces and clothes were scattered about the apartment.
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