The top story of the first week of 2017 involved a Maryland animal shelter that allegedly wasn’t taking great care of its cats in need. Allegany County Animal Control officers seized 97 of the felines from Charm City Animal Rescue in Cumberland, Md., earlier this week. An officer from the agency who we spoke with wouldn’t go into detail, except for describing the conditions of the facility as “deplorable.” The operator, Michelle Ingrodi, was charged with 97 counts of animal neglect.
Here were our other most popular stories from Dec. 30, 2016–Jan. 5, 2017.