Tacony home overrun with cats leads to cruelty charge

An­im­al-cruelty charges have been filed against a Ta­cony wo­man after hu­mane-en­force­ment of­ficers from the Pennsylvania SPCA found 41 live cats and two dead ones in­side her row­house on Ju­ly 12.

Linda Gal­lo­way, of the 6200 block of Walk­er St., re­portedly was act­ive in res­cuing stray or fer­al cats and bring­ing them to the PSPCA to have them spayed and neutered. But someone com­plained to au­thor­it­ies that she was keep­ing the cats in her home.

While of­ficers found nine cats liv­ing in re­l­at­ively san­it­ary con­di­tions on the up­per floors of the home, the rest of the fe­lines, in­clud­ing the dead ones, were kept in the base­ment, which PSPCA of­fi­cials de­scribed as covered in ur­ine and fe­ces.

Gal­lo­way, whose age was not re­leased by the PSPCA, con­sidered the up­stairs cats her “per­son­al pets,” ac­cord­ing to the hu­mane agency. The an­im­al-cruelty charge is a mis­de­mean­or. ••

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