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West Virginia woman admits putting dead cats in refrigerator

6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Monday, April 03 2017 Apr 3, 2017 April 03, 2017 3:50 PM April 03, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: WCHS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A West Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge after police said several dead cats were found in her apartment's refrigerator.

WCHS-TV reports 31-year-old Madeline Gourevitch of Charleston was fined $300 Monday. A county magistrate suspended a six-month sentence, which will be dropped after a year if she completes 20 hours of community service and stays out of trouble.

According to a criminal complaint, police and animal officials last month found the cats, which died of starvation. A landlord who was checking the property had noticed a smell coming from the kitchen.

Police say cat feces were scattered about the apartment.

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