Sequim: Prosecutors studying whether to press charges on couple accused of neglecting more than 80 cats

Prosecutors are studying evidence to decide whether to file charges against a Sequim couple accused of neglecting more than 80 cats in their possession.

Animal control officers seized 70 of the cats in two locations last week, and 43 of them have since been euthanized after a veterinarian decided they were too sick to live.

Thirteen other cats were found dead, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department said.

Clallam Prosecuting Attorney Chris Shea has 14 business days as of last Friday to issue charges against Annette and Richard Bakay, 1515 Olson Road.

The Bakays were unavailable for comment Saturday.

“It looks like a neglect case,” Shea said. “It’s probably going to be a series of misdemeanors.

“There was some commercialization involved.

“It’s like a puppy mill, only in this case it’s more like a kitten mill.”

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