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Cat hoarding suspect facing new charges after 44 dead cats found

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A Halfmoon man is being investigated after he allegedly left more than 40 dead cats behind a home in Johnsonville. Police say that man has a history of animal neglect. Beth Croughan has more.

HALFMOON, N.Y. -- "What was left was really, literally, skin and bones. Most of everything else had decomposed," said Brad Shear, the Executive Director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

Inside three plastic containers, Brad Shear said were the remains of 44 dead cats. He said their bodies were found in zip locked bags or wrapped in towels. They were found Thursday, April 5th by State Police.

"State Police received an anonymous call that subjects who were previously involved in a cat hoarding case may have been dumping carcasses," said Trooper Mark Cepiel.

They were found behind a home on River Road in Johnsonville and were allegedly put there by 53-year-old Arthur Millard. Cepiel said after being questioned, Millard "admitted to Troopers that he had dumped an unknown quantity of carcasses," but said Millard would not admit where the dead cats came from.

Millard was recently arrested after more than 130 living cats were found in a trailer in Halfmoon. State Police said he told them he had been rescuing cats off the streets of Troy.

"He believed that they were stray, that he was doing good," said Cepiel.

But Shear said the Humane Society has been involved with Millard before and that by the conditions the cats were kept in, he said that wasn't the case.

"We know in the cases that we've seen before from the houses that this family has been involved in. That the cats were suffering, miserably. That they're dying slow deaths from respiratory diseases, from other illnesses that they're catching," said Shear.

Millard told State Police the cats died of natural causes.

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