Barnstead police received a complaint Jan. 23 of possible ongoing cruelty to animals at 189 Hartshorn Road.
Investigators determined that the cats were being cared for improperly, and all the cats were found to be in poor health.
A veterinarian from the Pope Memorial SPCA diagnosed the cats with a variety of conditions, including upper respiratory infections, mites and conjunctivitis. Some cats also had dental problems, such as rotten teeth, gingivitis and severe tartar.
All three were arrested on two counts of cruelty to animals and will be arraigned on May 18 at 8 a.m. at the 4th Circuit Court-Laconia Division.
The cats are currently being treated at the Pope Memorial SPCA and are up for adoption.
(WMUR - Mar 22, 2017)