LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – On October 6th, 29 cats were found abandoned outside at the door of Cherrybend Animal Hospital in Traverse City. The cats were in rough shape due to neglect and possible abuse. The cats ranged from several weeks old to several years old and were left in four cages in front of the veterinarian’s office overnight.

The cats were cared for by the Animal Hospital and then sent on to The Munchkins’ Mission in Suttons Bay and Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City to be cared for and put up for adoption.

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On Tuesday, Grawn resident 51-year-old Kathy Jasinski was arraigned in 86th District Court on charges of abandonment and cruelty of 25 or more animals. Her preliminary exam is scheduled for early December.

Jasinski was released on $10K bond and conditions which include no violent/threatening/intimidating acts; be respectful to court staff/care providers and not to house any animals.

There are several cats at Cherryland Humane Society who are still being treated, including for upper respiratory infections. Two cats had to have one of their eyes removed due to infection and rupture. Some others are too young to be adopted yet but those will be available to adopt in mid-December. The shelter says, “The best part is that they are all on the mend and will be available to find their forever homes soon!”

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It is unknown how the Leelanau Sheriff’s Department cracked the case as Sheriff Mike Borkovich said that they do not disclose their investigative techniques. He did, however, confirm that they have no previous records or known contacts with Jasinski and he hopes that this is a one-time situation for her.

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Facebook reminds everyone if they are no longer able to take proper care of their pet to “contact their local Humane Society or their veterinarian to make the proper arrangement necessary for the well-being of the animals.”