Woman Arrested For Having 17 Malnourished Cats

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) -- A Pinellas County woman has been charged with confinement of animals without sufficient food or water after police found 17 malnourished cats in her apartment.

Jail records show 54-year-old Betty Darlene Dowell was arrested Friday. She has since posted $150 bond. There wasn't a working phone number listed for Dowell and it wasn't immediately known if she has an attorney.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Dowell was staying at her sister's home when officers discovered the starving felines. Dowell told officers she returned to the apartment "every several days."


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