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Dozens Of Cats Removed From Charleston Home

Reported: Apr. 10, 2014 8:44 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 10, 2014 9:18 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va (Taisha Walker) -- Charleston police found dozens of cats inside a West Side home Thursday morning.

Animal control removed 27 cats from a three-bedroom apartment on the 400 block of Elm St.

Lt. Sean Williams said officers found cat feces throughout the building, making it the worst he's seen in years. He said the smell inside the apartment was so foul, officers had a tough time staying inside the apartment longer than 15 seconds at a time.

The cats were taken to the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association Thursday morning. Chelsea Staley, executive director of the animal shelter, said the cats came in with an upper respiratory infection and runny eyes, which is likely due to a stressful living environment. She said trying to care for additional cats puts a huge burden on the shelter.

"We had seven empty cages before this came in and then we received the 27 cats we received almost 40 animals today, so we are really burdened right now," Staley said.

Staley said a majority of the hoarded cats are in foster home. She said the remaining ones might have trouble adjusting to life in the shelter because new environments could put more stress on them.

The Elm St. home was condemed due to deplorable conditions and several building code violations.



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