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46 Cats Rescued From Gilbert Home

Posted at: 07/02/2013 5:40 PM
Updated at: 07/02/2013 10:56 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

Almost 50 cats are rescued from a home in Gilbert and rescuers said most are healthy.

The Gilbert Police Department received a complaint Friday about a homeowner who possibly had too many cats. When police executed a search warrant, they initially found more than 40 cats at the Michigan Ave. West home.

"It doesn't happen very often," Police Chief Ty Techar said. "This is the first time in my 14 years where I've dealt with one directly in the city of Gilbert."

Techar said the case wasn't the only thing unusual.

"Normally you'll see they haven't been fed," Techar said. "These [cats] were obviously fed and appeared to be in fairly decent health."

After finding the cats, Techar called rescuers from Contented Critters in Makinen to collect the cats.

"It was just disgusting," Richard McNeal, with Contented Critters, said. "It was strong smelling."

McNeal said he and his team collected 18 adult cats and 28 kittens. Two of the cats are pregnant.

The cats are being cared for at Contented Critters. After they are spayed and neutered, McNeal hopes to find them homes.

Techar said the case is being reviewed by the Minnesota and Saint Louis County Departments of Health. Officials are deciding whether the home is habitable for humans.

Techar said charges may be made in the case. The homeowner would likely face local ordinance violations. Techar said Gilbert residents can legally have three animals in their home.