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Police: Home foreclosed, several, sick cats left behind

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(04/23/12) - Genesee County Animal Control has removed several abandoned, sick cats from a garage at a Thetford Township home.

Thetford Township Police Chief Bob Kenny says the homeowner was evicted a few weeks ago and given until Tuesday to remove the rest of the animals.

About 10 cats were taken from the garage, Kenny says. He says there may have been more than 80 animals, cats, chickens, rabbits, peacock and horses, at the home at one point.

"It appears to be animal hoarding," Kenny says. "You don't tend to find too many people who have over 80 animals, in enclosures inside the house and in outer buildings, to me, that's not normal behavior."

Some food and water was left for the animals left behind, but living conditions were "pretty bad" and the cats appeared to be sick, Kenny says.

Kenny thinks the woman may have taken some of the animals in OK shape and just left the sick ones.

The bank property manager came out to check on the home Tuesday and found the cats in the garage and the chicken coop open, Kenny says. He called Thetford Township Police and they called Animal Control.

It's not clear now what will happen with the cats or if there will be criminal charges for the woman.

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