Mount Desert police: Dead cats were legally euthanized

Posted Oct. 24, 2013, at 12:10 p.m.

MOUNT DESERT, Maine — Eight dead cats that were found last week in an apartment freezer all were euthanized by a licensed veterinarian, according to local police.

The cats were found last week when a recently vacated apartment was being cleaned, police have said.

Mount Desert Police Chief James Willis said Thursday that animal welfare agents with the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry were looking into how the cats died and spoke with the former tenant who had left them behind. The tenant said all the cats had been euthanized over a period of time, which investigators were able to confirm with the veterinarian who had performed the euthanasia.

“They got sick at different times,” Willis said, adding that some of the cats may have belonged to the tenant’s mother.

Willis said that the tenant told investigators she had intended to cremate the cats but was waiting to come up with money to do it. He said his impression was that it was one of those things the tenant just never got around to doing.

The police chief said the case is still under investigation, but that he does not expect any charges to be filed since the cats were legally euthanized.

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