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CAT HOARDER IS FINED FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY

A Cheektowaga woman who pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty after authorities found carcasses of nine cats in her Claudette Court apartment last fall was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum fine allowable by law as well as community service and counseling.

Donna M. Seifert, no age available, was sentenced by Cheektowaga Justice Thomas S. Kolbert to three years probation and 200 hours community service at Hospice and was fined $1,000.

She also was ordered to undergo specialized animal hoarding counseling via telephone with a specialist from Boston, Mass., according to Gina Browning, SPCA spokeswoman.

In late September, SPCA officials, responding to neighbors' complaints, found one cat alive in unsanitary conditions and nine cat carcasses.

"I believe this is the most fair sentencing possible, at least at this time, by (state) law concerning this hoarding and starvation case," said SPCA Special Agent Charles Braun.

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