Woman Charged After 21 Cats Found Living in ‘Uninhabitable Conditions’

Ludlow police say Carrie Douthwright's home smelled of urine and there was garbage and clutter inside

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Ludlow Police Department

A Massachusetts woman is facing animal cruelty charges after police say more than 20 cats were found living in deplorable conditions at her Ludlow home.

Ludlow Police Sgt. Daniel Valadas told WWLP-TV that Carrie Douthwright, 42, was arrested last weekend after 21 cats had to be rescued from her West Street home. Douthwright was charged with felony animal cruelty.

Valadas told WWLP-TV the cats were living in "uninhabitable conditions" and there was feces on the floor. The home also smelled of urine and there was garbage and clutter inside.

Authorities said several of the cats were in poor health and are currently being treated at the MSPCA's Animal Care and Adoption Center in Boston.

It's unclear when Douthwright will appear in court to face charges or if she has an attorney.

Ludlow Police Department
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