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Officials seize cats after finding 'deplorable' conditions at animal shelter

The owner of a one-time Baltimore animal shelter now located in Western Maryland has been charged with 97 counts of animal neglect after officials found conditions described as "deplorable" at her Cumberland facility.

Michelle Ingrodi, 41, was charged after officials with Allegany County Animal Control, responding to several complaints received over the course of about a year, found "deplorable conditions" at Charm City Animal Rescue, said Officer John Carden, who heads the office. The 97 cats were found at the facility and at her home, he said.

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The cats were taken to the Allegany County Animal Shelter, where they remain pending a court hearing, Carden said. Following the hearing, the animals could be returned to the shelter or put up for adoption, he said.

Carden would not provide any more details of what conditions were like at the shelter. Attempts to reach Ingrodi were unsuccessful.

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Charm City Animal Rescue was founded in Baltimore in 2009, according to its website.

In April 2014, officers with the Baltimore City Health Department's Office of Animal Control took 35 cats from "unsanitary and unhealthy conditions" at Charm City Animal Rescue, at that time located on Hudson Street.

Animal Control officers encountered "dirty cages and litter boxes," as well as "an overwhleming smell of animal waste," according to a 2014 news release from the health department. Previous violations had been found at the property, as well as at a residence in the 800 bock of S. Montford Avenue, according to the release. There were no criminal charges.

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