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Nearly 70 cats seized from home in Severna Park

By Jill Rosen

The Baltimore Sun

4:21 PM EDT, September 22, 2011

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Police seized nearly 70 cats Wednesday from the home of a hoarder in Severna Park.

Anne Arundel County Animal Control, The Humane Society of the United States and Anne Arundel County Police rescued 67 cats from Cool Cats Rescue Center, at 546 Benfield Road.

Officials also discovered two deceased cats on the property.

According to police Animal Control had gotten numerous complaints about the facility, citing "deplorable conditions." Callers were worried about the health of the cats there. The cats seized on Wednesday were in various health conditions, officials said.

The cats have all been taken to the Animal Control Facility in Millersville. After behavior and health assessments, they could be put up for adoption.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been made, police said.

“This case is another reminder that we need to be vigilant about the importance of spay and neutering,” County Executive Leopold said in a statement. “It also highlights the fact that organizations starting with the laudable goal of helping animals can turn into hoarding operations that hurt animals. We hope that citizens will come forward and give these cats good homes.”

If other animal agencies or rescues groups are interested in helping, they can contact Animal Control at 410-222-8900. In light of this hoarding case, Animal Control is now seeking adoptions for numerous cats currently housed at their facility in Millersville. Anyone interested in adopting these seized cats or any other cats at Animal Control is asked to visit the facility in Millersville or monitor the Animal Control Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AACAnimalControl to find out if/when animals will be adopted out through Animal Control.