- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - A woman who investigators say was housing more than 20 cats in unsanitary conditions inside a dark, unheated garage in Ypsilanti Township may face animal cruelty charges.

The Humane Society of Huron Valley found the 21 cats Jan. 10 after an anonymous online tip, MLive (https://bit.ly/2iMmogY ) reported.

A news release from the organization says the cats were living in small, metal cage traps, without much space to move around. The cages were stacked on top of one another and filled with feces and urine.

“Live traps are absolutely not meant for housing,” said Tanya Hilgendorf, the society’s president and CEO.

All of the cats were described as scared and filthy. Many of them were described as not being used to human touch, and some had suffered from urine burns.

The owner of the cats said she was trying to help save the animals and find homes for them, according to the society.

Society spokeswoman Wendy Welch said the organization will seek charges against the woman for animal neglect and unsanitary conditions. She said the society also contacted the Hoarding Task Force of Washtenaw County.

“We’ve reached out to the (task force), some great people who will hopefully be able to help the woman who had these cats,” Welch said.

The society is providing the cats with medical and behavioral treatment. Welch said the cats are doing well and that some of them are ready for adoption.

“We are very grateful to the person who made this complaint and to all people willing to be the voice for defenseless animals,” Hilgendorf said.

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