• Animal Cruelty Case Sentence: 3 Yrs. Probation

    Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announced today that Janet L. McManama, age 72, and a resident of Salinas, pled guilty to failing to provide proper care and attention to her animals. The case was heard by Monterey County Superior Court Judge Andrew Liu.

    In November 2013, humane officers responded to a complaint that an excessive number of cats were being kept under poor health and living conditions at the defendant’s two-bedroom home. Upon entering the home, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Officers encountered an overwhelming odor of ammonia which they associated with animal urine. Inside McManama’s house, they found numerous cats and observed that the floors were covered with fecal matter. Deceased cats were found in varying stages of decomposition throughout McManama’s property.

    A search warrant was executed on November 14, 2013, during which the humane officers wore haz-mat suits for protection. Thirteen cats were located in the house suffering from communicable and preventable diseases, including ear mites, fleas, and upper respiratory infections. One cat was euthanized immediately upon arrival at the SPCA. A second cat was euthanized six days later.
    The regulations requiring proper care and attention for animals are meant to insure that all animals are treated humanely and provided medical attention when warranted. Feeding and sheltering feral cats, even when done with the best intentions, does not exempt anyone from these regulations.

    McManama was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to not possess, own, control, or have custody of any animals during that time. Additionally, McManama was ordered to pay restitution which includes the cost of providing care to the animals seized.

    SPCA Officers Curt Ransom and Cecilio Lozano investigated the case. Deputy Blaine Councilman, Deputy Ted Brown from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, and Code Enforcement Officer Tammy Young assisted in the investigation.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 3, 2015

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