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Two months after a cleaning crew discovered dozens of dead cats in a Quinnipiac Avenue home, police have arrested the New Haven man who allegedly abandoned them.

Dino Cortina, 46, has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty, according to city spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga.

Police have described Cortina as a man whose love for cats spiraled out of control. His arrest stems from a shocking discovery made on March 26, when a cleaning crew found the skeletal remains of 50 cats inside a boarded-up, foreclosed-on house at 467 Quinnipiac Ave. Cortina had owned the home before it was foreclosed on. Police say he abandoned the cats there when he left the home.

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