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200 Dead Cats Found in N.J. Woman's Home
Yahoo/AP ^ | 5/23/05

Posted on 05/23/2005 3:38:11 PM PDT by Clemenza

A woman who founded a "no-kill" animal shelter was charged with health code and animal welfare violations after 200 dead cats were discovered rotting in garbage bags in her backyard.

Marlene Kess, who has built a reputation in Manhattan as a caretaker of homeless and dying cats, had 48 cats inside her house, including 38 in one room, authorities said.

Out back, 200 vermin-infested cat corpses were stuffed into garbage bags and apparently were going to be buried in a large hole that had recently been dug, said Sgt. Joseph Bierman of the state's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The cats were discovered after neighbors complained about the stench.

"Oh my God, it was awful," said Michael Fowler of the Associated Humane Societies. "The smell was horrible."

Kess, 56, is the founder and executive director of Kitty-Kind, which runs one of New York City's few no-kill shelters.

She said the cats died of natural causes. State SPCA spokesman Matt Stanton told The Star-Ledger of Newark an investigation into the death of the cats is "ongoing."

A longtime resident of Greenwich Village, Kess moved to East Orange in July.

"I take very good care of them," Kess told reporters Friday. "People who know me know there's no cruelty involved."

Kess was cited for health code violations, including keeping an unlawful number of animals, harboring dead animals and causing an environmental hazard with the corpses. The SPCA, which enforces the state's animal cruelty laws, charged Kess with 38 counts of failing to properly shelter cats.

Authorities are allowing Kess to keep the 48 cats in her home because she promised to separate the sick animals from the healthy ones, Bierman said.


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Dead Kitties are no fun...
1 posted on 05/23/2005 3:38:12 PM PDT by Clemenza
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To: Clemenza
Star Ledger version:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1407116/posts

2 posted on 05/23/2005 3:39:41 PM PDT by Clemenza (Regrets, I've had a few...)
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To: Clemenza
A woman who founded a "no-kill" animal shelter was charged with health code and animal welfare violations after 200 dead cats were discovered rotting in garbage bags in her backyard.

Doesn't look like a "no-kill" shelter to me....

3 posted on 05/23/2005 3:40:12 PM PDT by zlala (I used to have a handle on life but it broke.)
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To: Clemenza

Good grief. What is it with aging American women and dead cats?


4 posted on 05/23/2005 3:40:49 PM PDT by k2blader ("A kingdom of conscience ... That is what lies at the end of Crusade.")
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To: Clemenza

I believe someone else posted this or a similar story last week.

Animal hoarders or collectors, which is what this woman appears to me, have an actual mental illness. So I feel for this woman. She thinks she is doing the right thing with these cats, but it's excessive. She is trying to save the world, and it's not possible for one person to do.


5 posted on 05/23/2005 3:41:44 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Clemenza

I wonder what her Freeper name is?


6 posted on 05/23/2005 3:43:15 PM PDT by Freebird Forever
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To: zlala
>Doesn't look like a "no-kill" shelter to me....

If they starved to death,
then she technically didn't
really "kill" the cats . . .

7 posted on 05/23/2005 3:46:27 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Clemenza
Q: What do you call 200 dead cats rotting in garbage bags in the backyard?

A: A good start.

8 posted on 05/23/2005 3:46:41 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Clemenza


http://www.kittykind.org/

meow!


9 posted on 05/23/2005 3:47:03 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: fatnotlazy
Animal hoarders or collectors, which is what this woman appears to me, have an actual mental illness. So I feel for this woman. She thinks she is doing the right thing with these cats, but it's excessive. She is trying to save the world, and it's not possible for one person to do.

I agree with you, it's like they've got to save the world by collecting huge numbers of dogs or cats. They can't possibly take care of all of them, but they're crazy and they think they're doing good because they're humanitarian animal lovers. Meanwhile most of the animals have a terrible short life, but that doesn't register.

10 posted on 05/23/2005 3:50:36 PM PDT by xJones
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To: Clemenza

In that house, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a...well...you know.


11 posted on 05/23/2005 3:52:34 PM PDT by thesharkboy
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To: fhayek

I like your way of thinking!


12 posted on 05/23/2005 3:54:05 PM PDT by concordKIWI
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To: k2blader
women and dead cats

Although the majority of animal hoarders are older women, men are also hoarders when it comes to just about everything else. It is a mental illness and is said to have started at childhood. Besides animals, people wll hoard newspapers, magazines, MacDonalds bags, styrofoam, things they pick up in the trash, etc. until it fills their homes, garages, and basements. They are very similar to the bag people on the streets. The only difference is they have a home.

13 posted on 05/23/2005 3:54:34 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: Clemenza; PetroniDE; Lady Jag; Slings and Arrows

Now that's organization!

14 posted on 05/23/2005 3:54:45 PM PDT by martin_fierro (_____oooo_( )_oooo_____)
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To: Clemenza
I instinctively brought my shirt up over my nose as I read this article.
15 posted on 05/23/2005 3:55:41 PM PDT by BBell
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To: unbalanced but fair

I hope my loved ones and myself are never struck with such a mental illness. (So far, so good.. :-)


16 posted on 05/23/2005 3:58:15 PM PDT by k2blader ("A kingdom of conscience ... That is what lies at the end of Crusade.")
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To: Clemenza
My mother runs a no kill shelter for "strays in need" in her basement.

She recently was charged with zoning violations and had to vacate 40 cats from the premises. There are now 10 cats for every person living in the house.

My garden, in her back yard, rocks the world, and we have never had a problem... Unless the dogs dig too deep...

Enough said, cats are varmints, (excepting of course viking cats}.
17 posted on 05/23/2005 3:59:44 PM PDT by mmercier (the king in yellow)
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To: Clemenza
She could have taken care of the situation with one, well publicized "Wing Night". and some free beer.
18 posted on 05/23/2005 4:00:05 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: xJones; fatnotlazy
>Animal hoarders or collectors, which is what this woman appears to me, have an actual mental illness
>>I agree with you, it's like they've got to save the world by collecting huge numbers of dogs or cats. They can't possibly take care of all of them

A lot of Freepers
have tangled with posters who
seemingly want to

"collect/hoard" patients
who are terminally ill.
Freepers have wondered

at the deep fury
such posters respond with if
their goals are questioned.

Is it possible
"actual mental illness"
might be at work that

manifests itself
in hopeless imperatives
to "save" what you can't?

19 posted on 05/23/2005 4:01:15 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: Freebird Forever

Very funny, Mister.


20 posted on 05/23/2005 4:01:52 PM PDT by Finger Monkey (H.R. 25, Fair Tax Act - A consumption tax which replaces the income tax, SS tax, death tax, etc.)
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To: martin_fierro

21 posted on 05/23/2005 4:02:37 PM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Clemenza

I'm reminded of a joke with the punchline, "a tragedy."


22 posted on 05/23/2005 4:03:12 PM PDT by Sloth (I don't post a lot of the threads you read; I make a lot of the threads you read better.)
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To: mmercier
cats are varmints

I think you are chumming, but just in case:

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23 posted on 05/23/2005 4:04:34 PM PDT by Finger Monkey (H.R. 25, Fair Tax Act - A consumption tax which replaces the income tax, SS tax, death tax, etc.)
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To: unbalanced but fair
Although the majority of animal hoarders are older women, men are also hoarders when it comes to just about everything else. It is a mental illness and is said to have started at childhood. Besides animals, people wll hoard newspapers, magazines, MacDonalds bags, styrofoam, things they pick up in the trash, etc. until it fills their homes, garages, and basements. They are very similar to the bag people on the streets. The only difference is they have a home.

Is there some org that I can join whereby if I begin this form of behavior I'm immediately dragged into field and executed... please?

24 posted on 05/23/2005 4:04:52 PM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Clemenza

Typical PETA whacko. They are all the same.


25 posted on 05/23/2005 4:05:24 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Honoring Saint Jude's assistance every day.)
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To: fhayek; concordKIWI; thesharkboy; Eagles6
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:o)

26 posted on 05/23/2005 4:06:02 PM PDT by andyandval (Try flushing a book down the toilet....get back to me on how you did)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
>meow!



112. The Hidden Tiger

gs: Ronnie Barker (Cheshire) Lyndon Brook (Dr. Manx) John Phillips (Nesbit) Michael Forrest (Peters) Stanley Meadows (Erskine) Jack Gwillim (Sir David Harper) Frederick Treves (Dawson) Brian Haines (Samuel Jones) John Moore (Williams) Reg Pritchard (Bellamy) Gabrielle Drake (Angora)

The mauling to death of several members of the committee of PURRR (the Philanthropic Union for the Rescue, Relief and Recuperation of Cats) exposes Steed and Emma to a diabolical scheme to take over the entire country.

b: 04-Mar-1967 w: Philip Levene d: Sidney Hayers

27 posted on 05/23/2005 4:10:01 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: fatnotlazy

FNL - Hi again. I think you are correct about the mental condition, but I think it may be a variation of OCD. People make the mistake of thinking obsessives are just horrific hand-washers. It has really different manifestations. I know someone who claims to be claustrophobic and yet fills the space around them with so much cr@p they can barely navigate the space in which they live.


28 posted on 05/23/2005 4:11:52 PM PDT by Froufrou (Froufrou Loves The Spurs!)
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To: martin_fierro; Clemenza; PetroniDE; Lady Jag; Slings and Arrows
Sad. She probably ran low on donations and got stuck between a rock and hard place.


29 posted on 05/23/2005 4:14:13 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Googolplex Star Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
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To: Clemenza
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Fluffy is pleased ....

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And Moses Kitty screams "LET MY PEOPLE GO !!"

30 posted on 05/23/2005 4:14:53 PM PDT by Centurion2000 ("THE REDNECK PROBLEM" ..... we prefer the term, "Agro-Americans")
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To: theFIRMbss

Writing in Haku, taking off from an article concerning 200 dead cats in a back yard....was it really worth the effort?:)


31 posted on 05/23/2005 4:15:28 PM PDT by xJones
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To: Froufrou

Hi, Frou!

You're probably right about the illness being some form of OCD. I know from what little I've read on the subject is that it seems to be somewhat poorly understood. As I said, the animal hoarders do tend to start off with seemingly good intentions (and they really believe they are doing something good), but then it just gets out of hand. It's unfortunate, but counseling and other treatment may help.


32 posted on 05/23/2005 4:17:52 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: zlala
>> Doesn't look like a "no-kill" shelter to me...

In fact, "no kill" shelters get feral or old house cats, many of them diseased. They are segregated, evaluated and dealt with in whatever manner necessary; none are put down, all eventually see a vet (paid through Strays In Need}. Usually the healthy young ones are put out by their original owners and retrieved years later in traps as aging feral. I have trapped cats for years with my mother.

I have seen this my whole life, every year I bury several kittens, several old feral that just die, and several extremely old house cats that are put down as a last resort (when their kidneys fail usu.). It is a sad business, and I can see how this woman in such a congested urban area ended up in this situation.

There is no excuse for hundreds of dead anything in any residential area, regardless of the motivation or intention behind the fact.
33 posted on 05/23/2005 4:18:11 PM PDT by mmercier (the king in yellow)
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To: Clemenza

That's not how you herd cats.


34 posted on 05/23/2005 4:20:09 PM PDT by RichInOC ("...don't let anyone tell you it's easy...")
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To: Clemenza
She said the cats died of natural causes.

I guess starvation is completely natural.

35 posted on 05/23/2005 4:22:05 PM PDT by flada (Y2K? What are you selling, chicken or sex jelly?)
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To: fatnotlazy

I have two relatives who have exhibited animal hoarding, although there aren't any dead ones stashed anywhere. It's been really sad .. both are elderly women living alone. One has children, the other doesn't, and the children have tried talking, cleaning, etc.


36 posted on 05/23/2005 4:22:07 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (Thank goodness "Terayza" is not first lady.)
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To: theFIRMbss
If they starved to death, then she technically didn't eeally "kill" the cats . . .

The Michael Schaivo Animal Shelter.

37 posted on 05/23/2005 4:25:04 PM PDT by reg45
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To: theFIRMbss

I get it!


38 posted on 05/23/2005 4:25:23 PM PDT by tutstar ( <{{--->< Impeach Judge Greer http://www.petitiononline.com/ijg520/petition.html)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

I'm sorry for your relatives. And it's tough for family members to get the relatives to someone who can help.

A neighbor came very close to this situation. At one point, she had something like 40 cats. I believe someone got her to seek some help before it all got out of hand. I know she still goes for some sort of counseling or therapy. But she's now down to 8 cats (which she can manage since she has a large house and the financial means)...the rest I believe were sent to shelters. She does from time to time trap some wild ones, take them to a vet and have them spayed/neutered, but she doesn't keep them. At least now, she doesn't have a house full of cats.

Your relatives' loneliness may be something contributing to this. Seems to me that most hoarders are alone. Like I said, I don't know if anyone knows for sure what causes this...perhaps there are a myriad of causes...who knows?


39 posted on 05/23/2005 4:30:19 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Clemenza

40 posted on 05/23/2005 4:32:00 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (The theory of evolution is the great cosmogenic myth of the twentieth century - Michael Denton)
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To: thesharkboy

ROFL!


41 posted on 05/23/2005 4:33:44 PM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: Clemenza

There is a perfectly reasonable explanation for all those dead cats. The Lady was running a maggot farm as a supplier to the German eatery we read about yesterday.

This answers a question asked by one poster: "Where do they get the maggots?"


42 posted on 05/23/2005 4:47:59 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (The House of Representatives serves people-The Senate serves phony baloney.)
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To: Clemenza

Yum.. Yum.. !!


43 posted on 05/23/2005 4:49:06 PM PDT by Random Nonsense
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To: F.J. Mitchell
This answers a question asked by one poster: "Where do they get the maggots?"

"What do you think's in the burgers?"

44 posted on 05/23/2005 4:49:51 PM PDT by Clemenza (Vader 2008: In your heart, you know he's right)
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To: Clemenza

Ga-a-a-g!! I thought the white stuff in burgers was fat.


45 posted on 05/23/2005 4:54:24 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (The House of Representatives serves people-The Senate serves phony baloney.)
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To: mmercier

Enough said, cats are varmints, (excepting of course viking cats}.

DITTO!

My neighbor is an old widow lady and keeps stray cats.

I finally had enough and am now "thinning" the population.


46 posted on 05/23/2005 5:06:02 PM PDT by TSgt (Extreme vitriol and rancorous replies served daily. - Mike W USAF)
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To: USCG SimTech

Most of these people have no one who looked out for them. Many of them are very lonely. If your family keeps in touch and you have friends who will look out for you, you'll be okay. I think more of us are collectors than we care to admit. Perhaps it's a sense of security or continuity. Heck, I could be in that boat if I haven't had to move so much. And I'm older than this lady.


47 posted on 05/23/2005 5:16:11 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: fatnotlazy

"Your relatives' loneliness may be something contributing to this. Seems to me that most hoarders are alone."


A chicken or the egg question if I ever heard one. Most likely they were eccentric to begin with, which drove people away and reinforced their isolation patterns.


48 posted on 05/23/2005 5:17:34 PM PDT by MoochPooch (A righteous person worries about his or her behavior, an extremist about everyone else's.)
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To: fatnotlazy
relatives'loneliness

Your correct that some of it is loneliness. But it can be a symptom of senile dementia, OCD, and even Alzheimer's. I worked with elderly people and many were hoarders of just about everything. The most unusual was the lady who refused to let the Sheriff remove a dead horse from her parlor. She was pretty handy with a shotgun! But seriously, it can start out with something as simple as accumulating newspapers that they're going to read some day. Some how it gets out of hand.

49 posted on 05/23/2005 5:26:39 PM PDT by unbalanced but fair
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To: xJones

There was once a kitty named Fluffin
who begain to decay and body started puffin
What a terrible pity
because that poor lil kitty
woulda gone nice with some muffins.

:O


50 posted on 05/23/2005 5:27:23 PM PDT by Casaubon (Internet Research Ninja Masta)
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