By ANDREA VanVALKENBURG
PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh City Police are hoping area residents will open their homes and hearts to a number of cats recently seized in a cruelty case.
Eighteen cats and three dogs were taken from Michael Malpass's former South Acres Road home earlier this month after authorities discovered deplorable conditions and a number of dead animals inside the residence.
The neglected animals have been undergoing treatment at Eagle's Nest Veterinary Hospital in Plattsburgh, where five felines have already been placed into new homes.
Two others have since been euthanized due to deteriorating health conditions but 11 others are still looking for permanent placements, officials said Friday.
"They're doing great," City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said.
Now, he said, officials are "crossing our fingers that people will come forward and think about adoption."
The three dogs had been surrendered for adoption as of Friday afternoon.
The remaining cats vary in color and age, ranging from 18 weeks to a couple of years old.
Malpass is now facing nine counts of animal cruelty and is due back in City Court next month.
He remains free on the pre-trial release program.
Racicot called the case a tragedy, noting that Malpass was living in the same conditions as the animals.
"He seemed pretty genuine about the animals," Racicot said, but was unable to fully care for them.
"It was a tragedy for the animals, and it was a tragedy for him. We just wish he would have reached out for help."
Racicot said the case involved unintentional neglect.
Anyone interested in adopting one of the cats is asked to call City Police at 563-3411 to make arrangements to see the animals.
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