CHARLESTON, West Virginia — A West Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge after police said several dead cats were found in her apartment’s refrigerator.
WCHS-TV reports, 31-year-old Madeline Gourevitch of Charleston was fined $300 Monday.
A county magistrate suspended a six-month sentence, which will be dropped after a year if she completes 20 hours of community service and stays out of trouble.
According to a criminal complaint, police and animal officials found the cats in March.
Authorities said they died of starvation.
A landlord who was checking the property had noticed a smell coming from the kitchen.
Police said cat feces were scattered about the apartment.