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65 cats removed from home on Martha’s Vineyard

A cat breeder on Martha’s Vineyard is facing animal cruelty charges after 65 animals were removed Wednesday from dangerous conditions at an Edgartown home, the Animal Rescue League of Boston said.

Jennifer Winsper, 48, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty by a custodian, the league said in a press release.

The organization inspected her property in 2019 after receiving complaints that she was selling sick cats off the island. Last month, the Edgartown animal control officer received a similar complaint, according to the release.

The officer and personnel from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources inspected the property and determined that the conditions were “dangerous for the animals,” the release said.

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Officials executed a search warrant to remove the cats from the property, according to the release.

"Conditions inside the building where the cats were being kept had poor air quality, an overwhelming odor of animal waste, and was incredibly hot," the release said.

Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee said that he appreciated the relationship the department had developed with the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

“Their resources and expertise are invaluable to a small police department, especially one out here on Martha’s Vineyard, in cases like these,” McNamee said in the release.


Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.