- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) - Dozens of cats have been removed from a now-condemned Rhode Island home.

Animal control officers say many of the at least 70 cats required veterinary care when they were pulled from the Charlestown home Monday. All were infested with fleas.

Many are at a local animal shelter, though some had to be euthanized. Authorities say several cats were breeding inside the house, which is now boarded up.

Seven people had been living there, one of whom was treated for anxiety when police arrived.

A town building inspector says he smelled cat urine from outside the house, and saw animals relieving themselves “all over the building.”

Authorities say there was no sign that the animals were neglected and the owner isn’t facing charges.


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