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More charges filed for cat-hoarding rescuer

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The Memphis woman accused of the worst case of animal abuse and neglect the Tipton County Animal Shelter's ever seen is facing new charges this week.

Charlotte Creasy, the non-profit organizer who rescued the 105 cats and kittens found in an abandoned Mason convenience store last month, was arrested aggravated animal abuse and animal cruelty, said police chief James Paris. The additional charges stem from the condition of the cats.

"They had to put some of them to sleep because they were in such bad shape," he said.

"We found a dead one and a few other were on their death beds. That's why it went to aggravated."

On May 9, when police and animal control officers were removing the cats from the store, Creasy said she'd tried to keep it clean and gave excuses as to why she couldn't.

Inside the store, dozens of overflowing litter boxes were found scattered about.

Cats, some with their eyes matted shut or missing chunks of fur, were everywhere, including in the ceiling and in between the walls.

She maintained the cats were all neutered and, operating a rescue organization, she adopted them out.

Creasy lives in Memphis and rents the building from Mason businessman Eddie Noeman. She said he was aware of the conditions.

She is due back in court on July 18.

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