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Deputies rescue 30 cats from deplorable conditions in Hernando County

The Sheriff's Office received an anonymous tip
Posted at 11:26 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 23:53:03-05

SPRING HILL, Fla. -- The Hernando County Sheriff's Office received an anonymous call on Friday about cats being kept inside a garage at a home in Spring Hill.

The caller believed the cats were not being cared for properly.

Animal Enforcement Officers arrived at the home and began investigating an animal neglect complaint.

Officers spoke to a person inside the home, who allowed them to go inside the garage.

Animal Enforcement Officers observed about 30 cats living in deplorable conditions. Deputies said the cats did not have access to food or water and there was minimal ventilation in the garage for the cats. The smell of ammonia inside was also overwhelming, deputies say.

All of the cats were removed from the garage. The cats were taken to Hernando County Animal Services and will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

Deputies are conducting an investigation into the incident and criminal charges are pending.

A person who lives at the home told ABC Action News that they do care for the animals, but became overwhelmed. He stated several of the cats had numerous litters.