CNY SPCA makes animal cruelty arrest after seizure of 100+ cats

SPCA takes in 100 cats (CNYCentral)

A Clinton woman faces animal cruelty charges after more than 100 cats were removed from her home.

On Wednesday, CNY SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigators arrested Roberta Graziadei, 54, and charged her with Animal Cruelty under Section 353 of the Agriculture & Markets Law for harboring over 100 animals in unhealthy and unsanitary conditions at her home.

CNYCentral went to Graziadei's home to try to speak with her about the case. Our crew reported being able to smell urine and feces as they approached the home.

Neighbors said they could smell it, too.

"My grandkids would want to eat on the porch," said Sandra Sonia. "We couldn't eat because the smell was so bad."

"Beyond imaginable, I mean we were breathing this just from the neighbors house and we could hardly tolerate it," Rebecca Scarafile said.

For two years, Sandra Sonia has lived next door to Graziadei. She saw food being delivered in huge quantities.

"She loved her animals, you can see that I mean she obviously did if she spent that kind of money for food," Sonia said.

As the SPCA pursues criminal charges, people who live near the home where these cats were rescued said they're eager to clear the air in their neighborhood, and hoping the cats find good homes.

On October 31, staff at the CNY SPCA say they took in 113 cats after the breeder got “overwhelmed.”

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