Mother and daughter in court: Lots of cats kept
Photo: Markus Scholz / dpa
A trial against two women who had kept cats en masse has been discontinued at the Ahrensburg District Court.
The court ordered them to pay 300 euros to the Ahrensburg Animal Welfare Association.
The 78-year-old mother and her 55-year-old daughter were accused of keeping more than 100 cats in poor conditions in their house in Großhansdorf near Hamburg.
They were charged with violating the Animal Welfare Act.
The cats were poorly cared for and not given veterinary treatment, the prosecution said.
This caused unnecessary suffering and pain to the animals.
The judge now argued according to "Lübecker Nachrichten" that it was "no deliberate cruelty to animals" and that the women were overwhelmed with the situation.
The cats rescued in August 2019 had been distributed to nine different animal shelters.
They have now been referred to new owners, said an animal shelter worker on the sidelines of the negotiation.
bbr / dpa