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A Pittsfield woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty in last year's abandonment of 15 cats

cats hide in corner

Two of the cats found abandoned in Lanesborough and Richmond a year ago hide in a corner at the Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield. The defendant accused of animal cruelty was sentenced Friday to two years of probation. 

PITTSFIELD — Animals brought her comfort during times of grief. But Kelly Hathaway found herself in over her head.

That’s according to the defense lawyer. Hathaway, a lifelong Berkshires resident, pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts of animal cruelty in connection with what the local humane society calls one of the worst animal abandonment cases it has seen.



Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6296.

Cops and Courts Reporter

Amanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.

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