• Couple facing 400-plus charges after dozens of cats seized from home

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    AMBRIDGE, Pa. - A husband and wife in Ambridge are facing over 400 charges after dozens of cats were seized from their home.

    Forty cats, ages 16 weeks to 3 years, were rescued from the basement of the Beaver Road home on Aug. 14 after a tip from a neighbor who thought only six cats were inside.

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    Humane officers said the conditions were horrific. 

    The homeowners, Joseph and Melissa Stickles, are facing charges including nearly 90 felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

    Three cats were found dead inside, there was no running water or electricity and flies and fleas infested the house so badly that the fire department had to condemn it. 

    All 41 cats are now healthy and up to date on their shots. They are now looking for their forever homes.

    Watch the video above to hear more from a humane society worker about the conditions in the home and for an update on the cats.


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