Dozens of Cats Seized from Southside Residence

More than 20 cats were seized from a southside home Tuesday afternoon after Corpus Christi's Animal Care Services received reports from neighbors complaining that the owner of the home was hoarding them.

Crews from Animal Care Services served a search warrant at a home in the 3700 block of Kingston, near Carroll High School. A neighbor had called them to complain.

When crews entered the home, they had to wear masks to protect themselves from the strong odors. Neighbors said two elderly women live at the home.

The cats were not spayed and had quickly reproduced. Officials say the limit of pets a homeowner can have is six.

"We want to remind the public that your heart might be in the right place, but if the animals are not spayed and neutered, your going to have a big, big problem in your hands," said Edward Cruz of Animal Care Services.

The homeowner could now be facing several charges.

The cats were taken to Animal Care Services veterinarian to be checked out. Animal Care Services is also working with other agencies to make sure the cats are fostered into a home.

Adult Protective Services could not confirm whether or not they are investigating because of confidentiality issues, but the City's Code Enforcement Department will be looking into the case.


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