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SPCA charges Doylestown woman in cat case


The Bucks County SPCA has issued charges against a woman who was renting a Doylestown Township townhouse from which 141 live and 59 dead cats and kittens were removed last month.

BCSPCA Chief Humane Officer Nikki Thompson said one misdemeanor count of failure to provide necessary veterinary care and one misdemeanor count of failure to provide access to clean and sanitary shelter have been issued against Lori Romanisko, 56.

An additional 277 summary charges for the same offenses also have been brought against the woman who was not living in the house with the felines, many of whom were sick and in need of medical attention.

Thompson said the misdemeanor charges were filed in the cases of the animals that required the most veterinary care.

Romanisko is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges before District Judge Mark Douple in Doylestown on July 11. Thompson said Romanisko has not been arrested, and will be “processed” after the preliminary hearing on whatever charges hold.

Cindy Kelly, the society’s director of communications and development, said after the animals were removed from the home on Aspen Way May 7, that the number of felines found inside the townhouse was a record-breaking number for the Bucks SPCA.

Authorities were alerted by a neighbor who reported seeing cats in and around the property, Kelly said at the time.

Thompson said Romanisko has surrendered roughly one half of the cats and kittens thus far, and “quite a few” have been adopted. She added that many would be good as barn cats or outdoor working cats.

As they go through the medical process and are well enough, others that have been surrendered will be listed on the SPCA’s website for adoption, Thompson said. Animals that have not been surrendered cannot be made available for adoption.

“I don’t know the reason she decided to surrender some and not others,” Thompson said.