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70 cats removed from hoarding situation in Irmo, South Carolina

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Approximately 70 cats have been removed from an Irmo, South Carolina home, WIST News reported January 17.

The cats were removed from a home on River Walk Way after neighbors called Richland County authorities to report a strong smell of urine coming from inside the home.

Most of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory infections. The woman living there refused to allow officials inside her home, but brought eight cats to the door to show officials. Richland County deputies were called to the home, and the majority of the cats, who were all ages and sizes, were removed.

Richland County Animal Control cited the woman who lives in the home, but it's unsure at this time on whether criminal charges will be filed.

The cats are now under the care of county animal control facilities, where a veterinarian is evaluating them. A hearing will be held within 10 days to decide whether the cats can remain in their care, where the plan is to get the cats healthy enough to be adopted out.

Included in those rescued are a litter of kittens. Another litter is said to have recently died, and are buried on the property. WIST News reported there are still a few cats remaining in the house after authorities weren't able to catch them.

Animal Control says this is the worst case of animal hoarding they've seen in Richland County. The owner's name hasn't been released at this time.

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