A Philadelphia woman is facing nearly 300 counts of animal cruelty following the seizure last month of 241 cats from her filthy home.
Lanie Jacobson, 64, who ran Animals in Crisis rescue from her Frankford home, is charged with 241 summary counts of unsanitary conditions and 44 summary counts for failure to provide veterinary care, according to the Pennsylvania SPCA which filed the charges Tuesday.
Philadelphia police filed two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy.
The PSPCA raided Jacobson's property in the 1600 block of Fillmore St. on March 26 where they found overwhelming ammonia levels and scores of sick cats.
It is one of the largest cases of hoarding the PSPCA has ever investigated, officials said.
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.
The cats were taken to the Erie Ave. shelter, examined by veterinarians, given the necessary care, and accommodated in a temporary cat shelter.
Close to one hundred of the cats have been adopted out by the PSPCA or sent to rescue partner organizations. More than fifty cats are still available for adoption.
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, officials said.
The cost of treating and caring for the animals is estimated at $100,000.
Spokeswoman Sarah Eremus said the PSPCA is looking into using the cost of care law that went into effect last year that compels owners to pay for the cost of their animals' care for the duration of court proceedings or surrender them to the shelter.