Exotic cats found in vacant house in Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN (AP) — The discovery of 10 exotic cats in a vacant house in Charles Town has led to animal cruelty charges against the property’s owner.


Charles Town police tell media outlets that officers found nine Savannah cats and a serval in the house last month. A man checking on the house called authorities after he saw the serval in the basement.


The serval is a large African roaming cat. Police say servals are bred with domesticated cats to produce Savannah cats.


Police say the floor was covered with urine and feces were found throughout the house.


The property’s owner, 28-year-old Ryan House, of Charles Town, faces 10 counts of animal cruelty.


One Savannah cat was euthanized after it bit an officer.


Houde released the other cats to East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in Fairfield, Pa.

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