Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Grace Aalto-Rosenbaum, 54 Hoarding - neglect of 75 cats

Ishpeming Township, MI

Marquette County

July 29, 2004  
Lewis Rosenbaum, 79 Hoarding - neglect of 75 cats

Ishpeming Township, MI

Marquette County

July 29, 2004  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
Misdemeanor   75 cats Convicted  

Seventy-five cats were taken from the home of Grace Aalto-Rosenbaum, age 54 and Lewis Rosenbaum, age 79 on July 19, 2004.

According to the Marquette county prosecutor's office the Rosenbaum’s are facing 10 misdemeanor counts of animal neglect.

The cats were discovered following an anonymous tip. Cat feces were all over the home and the condition of the residence was filthy. Many of the animals were in cages and none were malnourished.

The cats were taken to the Marquette County Humane Society and the Negaunee Township Shelter. The Rosenbaum's will appear in district court, August 17, 2004.  To date the Humane Society has spent over $60,000 to nurse the cats back to health and get them ready for adoption.

Update 11/9/04:
The Rosenbaum's plead no contest to 1 count of animal cruelty


Reference: WLUC TV 6