Update: Cats found in freezer were pets

MOUNT DESERT — Police and state animal welfare agents are investigating the grisly discovery of dead cats in a vacant apartment in Northeast Harbor.

Mount Desert police received a complaint from the landlord that a female tenant who recently was evicted had left behind a number of dead cats in the apartment’s freezer.

Sergeant Leigh Guildford investigated and confirmed the story.

On Wednesday, Sgt. Guildford said interviews with the tenant and veterinarians confirmed that the eight cats were family pets. Over time they suffered from old age or disease and had been properly euthanized. One belonged to the tenant and seven to her mother.

The owners could not afford to cremate the cats and decided to store the bodies in the freezer until money became available, police said. Why they were left behind during the move is unknown.

Sgt. Guildford said Wednesday evening he did not believe any charges would be filed.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander