Oregon woman forfeits 20 cats from neglect case



BEND, Ore. — An Oregon woman agreed to relinquish 20 cats and a dog that authorities seized because of unhealthy living conditions.

The Bulletin newspaper reports Catherine Hicks was charged with more than two dozen counts of animal neglect after authorities were called to her Redmond trailer in April.

A forfeiture petition filed in Deschutes County says neighbors described a strong odor of urine and feces, and swarms of flies.

According to the petition, all the cats had respiratory infections, 10 had eye infections, three had untreated open wounds and two needed dental care.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Cpl. Neil Mackey says Hicks was “in over her head.”

Hicks agreed to forfeit all but four of her cats. Those cats are being held at an animal shelter until the neglect case is completed.