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According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, the Washington County Sheriff's Office has arrested a mother and son from Cambridge after an investigation into an animal abuse complaint.
On May 15, 2015, sheriff's deputies responded to a report of possible neglected cats at 156 Plains Road in the Town of Jackson. On scene, deputies located a total of eight cats that were being kept in deplorable conditions, including overloaded litter boxes and high temperatures within a room where they were being kept. The cats were kept in crates with little room for them to move about with dirty litter boxes also in the crates.
A subsequent investigation found that the cats were without proper food and water for a substantial amount of time. The cats were evaluated by an SPCA veterinarian and found to be matted and ailing from a variety of severe medical problems including respiratory, eye, nose and mouth infections. Some were also loaded with ear mites. One cat had an eye infection severe enough that the eye closed shut. The cats were also underweight according to the veterinarian.
As a result of the investigation, sheriff's deputies arrested Jacqueline Winterrowd, 66, and her son Joshua M. Winterrowd, 34, both of 156 Plains Road in Jackson. Both were charged with eight counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. They were processed at the Salem sub-station and released to appear in the Town of Jackson Court at a later date.
The cats are currently in the custody of the SPCA and being treated. The case is being handled by Sheriff's deputies C.J. Davidsen and Jennifer Noble with assistance from Cathy Cloutier, Executive Director of the SPCA of Upstate New York.