Children removed from ‘cat hoarding’ Winsted home

WINSTED — Police say they arrested three local residents on animal cruelty charges at a “cat holding” home where two young children were also abducted by the state Department of Children and Families.

Winchester Police received an anonymous phone call on June 13, reporting a sick cat at a home on Moore Avenue in Winsted, a census-designated place and town contained within the city of Winchester.

“After further investigation, officers and the animal control officer responded to the scene and noticed a strong odor of urine emanating from the residence,” Winchester police said in a statement Thursday. “Numerous cats were observed inside the residence.”

Police said more than 160 animals were found in the home. As the situation unfolded, city officials said shelters stepped in to help relocate the animals.