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Financial woes behind mass poisoning attempt

muchnickA Pennsylvania woman, unable to cope with financial hardships, tried to kill her 29 cats, her dog and herself, authorities in Montgomery County, Pa., say.

The woman, Linda Muchnick, of Harleysville, was arrested on charges of cruelty to animals.

District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, Lower Salford Township Police Chief Thomas A. Medwid and Towamencin Township Police Chief Paul T. Dickerson announced the charges yesterday. They stem from an incident last week when police were called by a local veterinary clinic.

The clinic had “received information” that Muchnick intended to kill herself and her animals due to financial hardships, the district attorney’s office said in a press release.

Towamencin Township Police entered Muchnick’s home and found 29 cats in a locked bedroom with no open windows. Officers found D-Con rat poison had been placed in the food bowls of the cats.

Muchnick was found, unresponsive,  in a separate, locked bedroom with a sick pit bull.  More rat poison was found in the room, authorities said. Muchnick was treated at a local hospital.

One cat died as a result of ingesting rat poison.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time August 26, 2009 at 12:38 am

Good grief! On the one hand, she obviously needed help desperately and either did not seek it or was not noticed somehow. But on the other hand, how terribly selfish! She could have found some way to give them some sort of chance at life. Impossible to choose between anger and pity on this one. I have large amounts of both.

Comment from Anonymous
Time August 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm

This woman used to come into my work. She is completely out of her mind! She would give speeches to people about about animal cruelty and how much she was against it. She told us about how she even bought special shoes that were made without using animal products. She told us she had a dog and some cats, but we had no idea she had that many!