A local business has organized a fundraiser to help the Animal Shelter of the Schoharie Valley care for scores of cats taken from the home of a suspected animal hoarder.

Parrott House, a restaurant and pub located at 294 Main St. in the village of Schoharie, will stage a fundraiser for the shelter from 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2. Proceeds will be channeled to the shelter to help defray the expense of caring for the 99 cats brought there by sheriff’s deputies, said Dave McSweeney, owner of the Parrott House.

Kerrie Colin, the shelter’s director, said she was very appreciative of McSweeney’s gesture.

“We must have had 700 calls today from people who want to help us, either by adopting or volunteering,” she said.

The cats were taken from a home in nearby Gallupville that has since been condemned as unfit for human habitation. Investigators said they are evaluating whether to bring misdemeanor neglect charges against the owner of the animals. She also had the bodies of 67 cats in her freezer, officials said.

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