AVOCA — Two former Avoca residents face animal neglect charges after allegedly leaving three cats behind when they moved out of an apartment at 60483 state Route 415 in Avoca.

One cat was found dead and two others were under nourished, according to New York State Police, who had been dispatched by Steuben County 911 to check out the Avoca apartment building. When police arrived they were told that there were two under nourished cats and one dead cat in Room 16 of the apartment building. A concerned resident of another apartment contacted the building maintenance worker, who opened the vacated apartment and found two cats and one dead cat living "in an awful stench," police said.

New York State Police were able to locate the names of the prior tenants through left behind mail. As a result, Christopher A. Miller, 22, and Rebecca M. Roll, 21, who were located in Bath, were charged with animal neglect and failure to provide sustenance. Troopers said the Bath Police Department assisted in locating Miller and Roll in Bath. The pair were issued tickets to appear in Avoca Town Court on Sept. 3.

"Miller and Roll both admitted to owning the cats and living at the apartment in Avoca," State Police said in a press statement. 

The Steuben County SPCA assisted in the removal of the cats.