Animal control officers seize 60 cats from Mojave home

MOJAVE, Calif. - About 60 cats were seized from deplorable conditions in a Mojave home in June, according to a report.

Animal control responded to a home on Rawley Hill Ave. in Mojave on June 25 for a report of 50 cats being housed inside. The reporting party claimed the cats had been inside the home with little to no care for over two years, and said the property owner suffers from dementia and was not currently living at the home.

The reporting party got video of the condition of the cats while checking on the property; the video showed about 12 malnourished cats with their hops and ribs readily visible. The video also showed small cages with one or two cats in each stacked in the middle of the room. Litter boxes were full of feces and cats were crying out during the video.

The only food and water was provided by the reporting party. There was no air conditioning on for the cats and the reporting party said he had trouble breathing due to ammonia in the air.

A search warrant for the property was issued and Kern County Animal Services seized 60 cats from the home.

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