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48 cats rescued during eviction await adoption

Published: Apr. 5, 2016 at 2:25 PM MST|Updated: Apr. 5, 2016 at 8:54 PM MST
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Karen Hollish, Development Director at PACC, said about half of the cats had minor injuries or...
Karen Hollish, Development Director at PACC, said about half of the cats had minor injuries or infections and are now recovering. (Source: Pima Animal Care Center)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Dozens of cats in need of new homes are being held at Pima Animal Care Center after they were removed from what officials called a hoarding situation at a midtown home.

Karen Hollish, development director at PACC, said 48 cats were brought in on Friday, April 1.

She said about half of the cats had minor injuries or infections and are now recovering.

Hollish said since Tuesday is Arizona Gives Day, she hopes people feel generous and open their hearts and wallets to give back.

She said it's through donations made on days like these, that they are able to save so many animals.

"Past gives from the Friends of PACC have provided antibiotic eye drops that Mary is putting in the cats' eyes they help fund the staff that has put in place the nebulizer," she said. "Donations are really going to help our process to respond to cases like these in a progressive and humane way."

Some cats have already left PACC through adoption or rescue groups.

The rest of the cats at PACC are available now or will be available in just a few days.

PACC was called to the house by the constable.

Hollish said the residents were being evicted and the cats needed to be removed from the property.

Tucson News Now stopped by the property Tuesday.

A man was working to clean up the home.

He did not want to be identified but said he has used five gallons of bleach and a tub of laundry detergent in hopes of getting rid of the smell.

Neighbors said they had seen a lot of cats in the area but had no idea there were 48 in the home.

PACC is still investigating the incident. It is unclear if the owner will face any charges.

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