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31 cats found abandoned in White Marsh motel room

Officials found 31 abandoned cats at the Colony Inn Motel in White Marsh on Monday morning, county spokeswoman Stacie Burgess said.

The 31 cats and kittens were all found alive at the motel on Pulaski Highway, Burgess said. Some of the cats had health issues, however; some were pregnant, others were skinny or had fleas and tapeworms. The cats had access to food and water in the room, Burgess said.

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As to who was responsible for putting the cats in the room, Burgess said, “We do know the identity of the person and are working to track that person down.”

The person responsible had occupied the hotel room for about one year, Burgess said the property manager told Baltimore County Animal Services.

All of the cats are currently in the care of Animal Services, which received a call about the animals at around 9 a.m., Burgess said.

“While space this time of year can be tight in an open admission shelter, BCAS is well-versed and trained for these type of situations to ensure that each animal brought in has the appropriate necessities and care,” she said in an email.

Police and Animal Services both responded to the scene, Burgess said, adding that Animal Services is primarily handling the incident. An ongoing investigation will determine what charges or code violations will be issued.

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