Anita DiSarli organized a rally in Sunnyside Saturday to alert the public to what she calls a problem of animal abuse by some area store managers.
Queens Residents Allege Mistreatment Of Cats By Storeowners
She says they house cats, but intentionally keep food away from them so they will be more eager to catch mice.
"They starve cats; they don't feed them," said DiSarli. "You can shop anywhere else but the 99-cent store and National Liquidators."
DiSarli was one of two women who recently rescued a cat named Mickey from a 99-cent store on Queens Boulevard.
DiSarli says when they got the four-year old cat his eyes were barely open. Her veterinarian told her the cat's eyes were only part of the problem.
"She said they are a little jaundiced. He's been indoors night and day and they use him strictly as a mouser," DiSarli said the vet told her. "They do not feed him."
The owner of the 99-cent store denied that he kept cats in the store. But an employee confirmed that he gave DiSarli the cat.