Abandoned Berkshire County cats up for adoption

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The Berkshire Humane Society has been caring for 11 cats that were abandoned in January. Now 10 of the 11 cats that were abandoned are well-enough to be adopted.

This is a story NewsChannel 13 been following the last few months. When the cats came in to the shelter, many were not in good health.

Fast-forward to Thursday and Michael Matthews and his daughter Tiffany Mize came to adopt the cat named Chuck Berry. Michael has been looking for a new cat since his old cat passed away in September.

Chuck Berry is estimated to be about 10 months old. Like many of the cats who were abandoned, he was dehydrated and had upper respiratory issues. Michael says he has a big yard for the cat to play in, and he says he will take good care of him.

The shelter named the cat Chuck Berry, but Michael wasn’t crazy about the name, so he decided to change the name to Resku after he filled out the paperwork. There are still a few cats there that are available to be adopted.

As NewsChannel 13 reported, two people are facing charges in the case. Arthur Raney and Kelly Hathaway are accused of dumping the cats. Both are facing 15 counts of animal cruelty. They are due back in court on May 9.

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