- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a rescue team with a search warrant cleared a path through trash and other waste to seize 10 cats from the home of a Lake Oswego resident under investigation for animal neglect.

The Oregon Humane Society said in a news release that investigators on Wednesday also removed the bodies of 18 dead cats from the property south of Portland.

Officials say many of the seized cats were emaciated, dehydrated and infested with fleas.

The cats will remain in the protective custody of the humane society in Portland pending the resolution of the case.

Officials went to the home after a citizen who suspected neglect at the home alerted authorities.

Under Oregon law, it is a crime to fail to provide food, water, shelter and veterinary care to pets.

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