It's been months since dozens of cats were rescued in what was called one of the largest animal cruelty cases in recent memory in Bucks County. Some of those cats are ready to be adopted following some legal maneuvering by the SPCA.
They showed up at a Doylestown home after receiving anonymous tips about a large number of cats.
They found 200. Close to 60 were dead, their bodies found in a refrigerator and freezer. The remaining 140 were in rough shape.
"There are some really, incredibly beautiful sweet cats, every size and color you could imagine," said Cindy Kelly with the Bucks County SPCA.
While an animal cruelty case started against the owner, the shelter was tasked with caring for all the animals but couldn't adopt them out until the case ends. It doesn't go to trial until March.
"Those cats are essentially held in limbo," Kelly said.
The shelter says it tried to work with the owner to voluntarily turn them over.
When she didn't "we filed for a civil case, using the Pennsylvania Costs of Care Act," Kelly said.
It's only the third time the shelter ever used the Act. It gave the owner seven days to pay nearly $60,000-the cost of care-or the animals would be surrendered. She didn't pay.
In early October the SPCA started putting up the cats for adoption.
Barn cat adoption fees are being waived for all of October.