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.

Ed Gunts – John Waters Briefly Hospitalized, Misses His Own Annual Christmas Party – Tuesday, Dec. 27

Ed Gunts – Liam Flynn’s Ale House in Station North Closes Permanently – Wednesday, Jan. 4

Ed Gunts – San Martin Drive Reopens on JHU’s Campus After $15 Million in Improvements – Wednesday, Jan. 4

Cynthia McIntyre – Historic Clynmalira, 1823 Carroll Estate in My Lady’s Manor Asks $3.295 Million – Tuesday, Jan. 3

Ed Gunts – Odell’s, Peale Museum, St. Peters School and Other Preservation Projects Get State Funding Support – Tuesday, Jan. 3

Ethan McLeod – Ravens Lineman and Certified Brainiac John Urschel Makes Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List – Tuesday, Jan. 3

Marion Winik – Resolution 2017: Back to the Couch – Wednesday, Jan. 4

Ethan McLeod – In Unpleasant Feat, Baltimore Tops List of Bed Bug-Infested Cities – Tuesday, Jan. 3

Ethan McLeod – Shovels Out: First Snow Accumulation of the Season Expected Thursday Night – Wednesday, Jan. 4

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...