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Locals speak out against couple charged with animal cruelty
MILTON -- After a two-month investigation....over 200 cats were seized from a pet rescue in Milton...About one hundred of those cats were euthanized.... Allan and Ella Kirkham who run Kirkham Kattery are charged with animal cruelty.
The surviving cats are now at the county shelter and are being treated by a veterinarian.
No-- they actually bonded out today. Bond was set at $3,500 a piece.
This was an undercover investigation which lasted months -- but for years, people have filed complaints against the Kirkhams. I spoke with one of them, who are happy authorities finally took action.
Three years ago, Denise Harfouche was looking for a no-kill shelter to care for a Siamese kitten named mango. She posted an ad on craigslist, Allan Kirkham was the first to respond.
“He met me at Petland..... We also had a stray cat Hazel we had given to him."
A few months later-- Harfouche went to Kirkham's home to drop off another cat, mango's mother Bootsie. When she arrived, she was shocked.
"They tried to keep the kittens separate... Mango was one of them. He was shrinky and losing his fur."
"It looked horrible... The place was crowded it was horrible," said Michelin Harfouche.
Harfouche wanted her cats back-- but Kirkham said she had to pay $150. Harfouche couldn't afford it.
"So after that... We started filing a complaint."