An autopsy conducted on the dead animals concluded the absence of acts of cruelty on the part of the occupants of the house.
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About sixty cats were found frozen or buried by the occupants of a house in Bellegarde-en-Forez (Loire), reported the gendarmerie, confirming information from the regional daily ProgressFriday, May 27.
Thirty-two cats, including six adults, carefully wrapped in cloth swaddles, were discovered mixed with iced popsicles and breaded fish fillets in the freezer left behind by the tenant couple, evicted in mid-May for lack of rent payment.
The remains of around thirty other small felines were discovered wrapped in fabric, buried in the earth of many flower pots scattered around the house in this town of Forez.
An autopsy, carried out as part of the preliminary investigation entrusted by the Saint-Etienne prosecutor’s office to the Montbrison gendarmerie, concluded that there were no acts of cruelty on the part of the tenants, who suffer from psychological problems. They will be heard by the police.
A complaint for animal abuse was filed by an association for the protection of animals against this couple who lived in deplorable hygienic conditions, in the company of two dogs and around thirty live cats, when they were forced to leave. home, police said.