Cat-Keeper Jailed for Filth in Home

A 66-year-old Santa Clarita woman was sentenced to two days in jail Tuesday for disobeying a court order to clean up a filthy mobile home where she kept as many as 14 cats.

Elizabeth Kurrus is being held at Sybil Brand Institute for Women and could face more jail time if she doesn’t comply with an order to clean up her home and to get rid of all but two cats, Deputy Dist. Atty. Lori Pettengill said.

Kurrus was convicted July 27, 1988, of two misdemeanor counts of keeping animals in unsanitary conditions and was placed on two years probation by Newhall Municipal Judge H. Keith Byram.

Pettengill said Kurrus’ mobile home was filled with garbage, food scraps and cat feces.


As part of her probation, Kurrus was ordered to let the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Control inspect her home when given 24 hours’ notice. Pettengill said Kurrus would not allow animal-control officers to inspect her house Tuesday morning, and she was subsequently jailed.

Animal-control officers estimated that Kurrus kept 10 cats at her home. Her neighbors at a mobile home park on Placerita Canyon Road said she owned 14 cats.