- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. (AP) - Northwest Georgia animal control officials say shelters have refused to accept about 200 cats found in a woman’s home because of health concerns.

Walker County Animal Control supervisor Curtis Patterson tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1nONDk5 ) officials have already removed about 70 cats from a woman’s home in Chickamauga. Walker County Animal Shelter manager Alison Smith says about 30 of the cats have been euthanized because they were sick and feral.

Patterson says he’s unsure of what will happen to the remaining 200 cats, which are still in the woman’s home. Smith says state officials have recommended euthanizing all of them.

Mark Murrah is manager of the companion animal section of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Murrah says the state has filed 16 violations against the cats’ owner.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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