Owners to face 135 charges in Lexington cat hoarding case

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control officers say they found more than 100 cats in need of veterinary care at a home Wednesday.

Officers first responded to the home on Sundart Drive Tuesday after receiving a report that multiple cats were inside the home living in unsanitary conditions. When they arrived, officers said the people living there refused to let them inside.

"The feces was just everywhere - the ammonia from the feces and the urine on the ground - that is what prompted us to come out and that is what our probable cause is," said Timothy Brown from Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control.

Authorities were able to obtain a search warrant and returned to the home Wednesday. Officers said they found more than 100 cats inside, many of them in need of veterinary care.

"A lot of them are showing signs of malnourishment," Brown said. "A lot of them have drool in their eyes."

We are told several of the cats are also pregnant.

Officers described it as a sad situation that could have been prevented.

"We're here for the animals. We're here to be the voice for the animals when they don't have one," Brown said. "So, for us to come to situations like this it hurts because all you had to do is pick up the phone and ask us for help."

A vet will check out the cats and see if they can be put up for adoption at the Lexington Humane Society. Officers said there is a slight chance the courts could decide to let the owners have them back, but it is unlikely.

Officers told WKYT the owners, a father and daughter, will receive a citation with 135 counts stemming from the care and treatment of the animals.

The Lexington Hospital for Cats will be open on Saturday, March 3rd from 9am-12pm and Sunday, March 4th from 1-3pm for anyone to drop off donations. All donations will go to the Lexington Humane Society to help support the cats.

For help in animal hoarding situations, you can contact Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control at (859) 255-9033.

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