Animal cruelty charges filed against Frankford woman

The Pennsylvania SPCA last week filed an­im­al cruelty charges against a Frank­ford wo­man who had more than 200 cats in her Fill­more Street home. The PSPCA filed 241 sum­mary counts against 64-year-old Lan­ie Jac­ob­son for un­san­it­ary con­di­tions and 44 counts for fail­ure to provide veter­in­ary care, spokes­wo­man Sarah Er­em­us stated in an April 29 news re­lease.

“On each of the counts, the de­fend­ant faces up to 90 days im­pris­on­ment, 90 days pro­hib­i­tion of an­im­al own­er­ship, and fines of up to $750,” Er­em­us wrote.

On March 26, cit­ing dan­ger­ously high levels of am­mo­nia, PSPCA work­ers began re­mov­ing 241 cats from Jac­ob­son’s home, a double prop­erty on the 1600 block of Fill­more Street. Er­em­us said the build­ing’s floors were covered with cat fe­ces.

In March, Jac­ob­son told the North­east Times she had been run­ning a cat res­cue op­er­a­tion in her house. With about $200,000 a year sup­plied by a phil­an­throp­ist she would not name, she said she had the money for staff to help her care for the an­im­als. However, the money stopped com­ing in Au­gust, she said. On March 25, Er­em­us said, PSPCA in­vest­ig­at­ors found hun­dreds of cats in­side the bright yel­low stucco build­ings. It was their ur­ine that pro­duced the high am­mo­nia levels.

The cats were re­moved and taken to the PSPCA headquar­ters on Erie Av­en­ue.

“Close to one hun­dred of the cats have been ad­op­ted out by the PSPCA or sent to res­cue part­ner or­gan­iz­a­tions,” Er­em­us stated in her news re­lease. “The own­er has re­fused to sur­render the re­main­ing 73 cats and the PSPCA will con­tin­ue to care for these an­im­als un­til dis­pos­i­tion of the court pro­ceed­ings.” ••

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