FALL RIVER — On July 20, 2018, Fall River officers responded to the 1300 block of Slade Street to assist an MSPCA Officer Chelsea Weiand in checking the welfare of the 71-year-old resident and the animals associated with the property.

Officers located 15-20 cats on the property, but were unable to make contact with the resident. Neighbors pointed out that the resident was at work and provided a location.

The female resident was notified and returned to her residence. A welfare check was performed on the animals within. Five deceased cats were located. Six live cats and one live rabbit were also located within the residence in poor condition.

Based on information provided by City of Fall River Animal Control Officer Kate Perry-Borges and MSPCA Officer Chelsea Weiand, 71-year-old Doris Melanson will be summoned to court on 12 counts of Cruelty to Animals.

--Fall River Police Department