A Hamden, Connecticut man has been charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty after allegedly leaving his cats to die at his Augur Street home. The case started back in July when Hamden Animal Control began an investigation into why 16 malnourished cats and at least two dead cats were left without food or water and living in filth.
A tip came into volunteers at Halfway Home Rescue animal shelter from neighbors, who had already complained to the property owner and animal control back in January. When nothing was done, Halfway Home stepped in and got permission from the owner to rescue the cats.
Aaron Wall, who works next door to the apartment at a Shell station, had moved out of his apartment several weeks earlier, leaving behind his cats. Wall stated in an interview with FOX 61 News that he’d started out with only two cats, but things got out of control and he didn’t know where to turn for help.
The entire Augur Street property was condemned by the Quinnipiac Valley Health District due to piles of trash and cat feces and urine in the apartment. Unfortunately, five other tenants immediately had to find a new place to live, along with their pets.
Wall was arrested at work on Friday and given a $5,000 bond and will have to appear in court on September 15. Halfway Home Rescue has almost met their goal of $4,000 to for veterinary treatment of the cats they took in. Donations can be made on their YouCaring webpage.