Number Of Animals Doubles in Hoarding Case

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An animal control officer carries pets out to a county vehicle after dozens of cats and dogs were discovered in a Sacramento home on January 18, 2011.

An animal control officer carries pets out to a county vehicle after dozens of cats and dogs were discovered in a Sacramento home on January 18, 2011.

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Authorities are now saying that there were 80 cats instead of 40 recovered in a local house, and most of them were so sick they had to be euthanized. 

Dozens of cats and dogs were found inside a College Greens residence on Tuesday after police received reports that the homeowners hadn’t been seen for days.

Animal control thought there were only 50 cats and dogs, but the count is actually 80.

The Sacramento SPCA spayed and neutered some of the animals in the past, but now they say, the owner is behind one of the worst hoarding cases they have seen in at least a year.

Because the owner voluntarily surrendered her pets, she won’t face any citations and fines, and will even receive nine of her animals back.

The city says without the woman surrendering the cats and dogs, they wouldn’t have room in their already overcrowded shelter to take care of the sick pets during the lengthy court process.

But before the owner gets some of her animals back, the surviving animals need to heal and the owner will need a place to stay. 

Code enforcement says conditions inside the house were so bad that they were forced to condemn the residence.

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