200 animals living in filthy conditions rescued from 2 local homes, church building

More than 150 animals living in filthy conditions rescued from 2 local homes, church building

MONESSEN, Pa. — About 200 animals were rescued Wednesday from locations in Donora and Monessen, officials said.

The animals were found at a home on Reed Avenue in Monessen, as well as at a home and a neighboring church on Second Street in Donora.

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At least 100 animals were removed from the home in Monessen, officials said. Dozens more animals were found in Donora.

Officials said the animals are mostly cats and chickens, but there were some dogs, as well.

Conditions in which the animals were found were filthy, officials said. There were feces, rust and fur.

Christie Harr, 41, who lives at that house, was arrested Wednesday and is charged with animal cruelty after an investigation involving a cat that was found in June 2018 with feline leukemia, authorities said.

Harr has not yet been charged in connection with Wednesday's animal rescues.

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Now, Washington County investigators plan to go over evidence found Wednesday and vet reports to determine what further charges Harr could face.

All of the animals have been moved to a shelter and are being cared for.

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