Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Vestal Police said Mary Herko-Daniels, 59, moved out of a home on Lincoln Drive in Vestal sometime in October, and left nearly 50 cats behind.
Many of the animals were described as malnourished and in need of medical attention when authorities found them.
The Broome County Humane Society took them in and will make them available for adoption once healthy.
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Daniels is charged with abandonment of animals and failure to provide proper sustenance to animals, both misdemeanors.
She appeared in Town of Vestal Court on January 24 and was released pending further court action.
The Humane Society and Vestal Police conducted the investigation.