Severe case of animal hoarding in Waukesha County

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by Tiffany Tarpley

WAUKESHA--More than a hundred cats were seized from a home and barn in Waukesha County.  It's a disturbing case of animal hoarding that's led the Humane Animal Welfare Society to put out a word of warning.

Rescuers are currently taking care of fifty of the seized cats that can be rehabilitated and adopted but about 90 cats had to be euthanized.

Executive Director, Lynn Olenik, said the animals were brought in last week after someone complained. 

"Some of the cats were severely dehydrated and couldn't even stand. Some of them were given fluids but we couldn't bring them back. A number of them were not being fed appropriately and very underweight," she explained. "But probably the most gruesome were a number of cats that had such severe eye infections where eyes were missing and infections were ongoing and skin conditions were abrupt."

Olenik said the owner of the cats is an elderly woman and she voluntarily surrendered the animals.  There's no word if she will be criminally charged. 

Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County needs food and litter donations. They are also looking for good homes for the cats that are ready to be adopted.

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