Cat Abuser Sentenced to Probation

A Schenectady man pled guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced to three years probation for causing the death of several cats earlier this year.

Wendall Smith was arrested in March 2011 after several cats were found dead in his State Street home by the SPCA. Investigators grabbed video of its conditions including the only surviving cat ‘Bud’ staggering around struggling to survive.

“He is doing great. We look at him everyday and wonder how anyone could have neglected him. He just pours out his love to you,” says Bud’s new owner.

“The scene inside Wendall Smith’s home back in March was one of the more horrific conditions our officers have ever witnessed. It was beyond deplorable,” says Schenectady County SPCA chief humane law enforcement officer Mathew B. Tully.

Smith will not be allowed to own any animals during his probation period.

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