An investigation into a potentially stolen vehicle led to animal cruelty charges for an Oswego County man.
Police say 32-year-old Matthew Peston failed to feed or care for the 27 cats that once belonged to his deceased mother.
Peston is allegedly living in his mother’s basement.
Troopers were able to take six cats out of the Richland residence, having to euthanize one due to it being in such poor condition.
The other twenty or so cats that were supposed to be at the residence are likely dead.
Peston is now facing multiple charges, including six counts of torturing or injuring animals.