Woman arrested after 22 cat corpses found in home

Betty Armstrong, 70, of Orange Park, charged with aggravated animal cruelty

By Lynnsey Gardner - Investigative reporter, Destiny McKeiver - Multi-media journalist, News4Jax.com Staff
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Clay County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Betty Armstrong (Courtesy: The Florida Times-Union)

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange Park woman was arrested Wednesday after 22 cat corpses were found in her home, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Betty Armstrong, 70, is charged with aggravated animal cruelty. 

A lieutenant with the Sheriff's Office told News4Jax Thursday that the cats had been left in a home on Edson Drive with no water and no food for months.

Animal control officers made the discovery while responding to a complaint of excessive cat activity at the home, the lieutenant said. 

Armstrong was booked into the Clay County Jail, deputies said, but has since been released after posting bond.

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