Feline Frenzy

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 4:43pm

than 100 cats found in vacant Florida home.

Florida's Lee County Domestic Animal Services found hundreds of cats inside a home in Lehigh Acres Wednesday.

They say the owner of the home died last month and the cats have been on their own ever since.

More than 200 cats were found inside of the home

Investigators had to wait until late Wednesday to remove the cats because they need a search warrant signed by a Lee County Judge.

Because the homeowner is dead, they needed that warrant before they could legally enter the home.

Adam Leath, with Animal Services, says once they were inside, they found the entire home was crawling with cats.

"This could have been prevented with spay in neuter," he said.

In all, Animal Services captured and caged 127 cats.

Animal Services says the cats have been in the house fending for themselves since the homeowner's death.

Neighbors say cats can be seen all over the property, even on the roof.

"We'd smell the stench," said one neighbor.

While some of them were in good health, Leath says many of the cats are in need of veterinary attention.

"Cats had large open wounds, broken limbs," he said.

He says hopefully within a week most of them will be adopted.

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