21 Cats Euthanized in Animal Cruelty Case

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 1:51pm

CHAPARRAL, N.M. — A couple in Chaparral, N.M, face 115 charges of animal neglect after 52 cats were seized from their home.

Detectives said of the 52 cats that were seized, 21 had to be euthanized by the sheriff’s staff veterinarian, who deemed the cats “too far gone” for medical treatment to have any positive affect.

The remaining cats continue to improve under the supervision of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department in a designated court-hold facility.

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators have formally filed charges after discovering the problem back in late June.

According to documents, Charles Gonnell, 62, and his wife Sherrie face 115 charges related to the case, including 11 felony counts of extreme animal cruelty, 37 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, 33 counts of failure to provide proof of vaccination, 33 counts of illegally having an intact animal, and one count of failure to obtain a multiple animal permit.

Doña Ana County ordinance requires anyone with more than six animals to possess and maintain a multiple animal permit.

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