Woman charged after authorities find 86 cats, 1 dog in home

Published: Apr. 16, 2019 at 6:32 AM EDT
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(04/16/19) - A 62-year-old woman is facing charges after authorities removed 86 cats and a dog from a suburban Detroit home while she was being evicted.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said Monday the animals were living in "appalling conditions" in Mount Clemens when they were found last month. Smith's office has charged the woman with animal cruelty. Her name wasn't immediately released, pending an initial court hearing.

County animal control officers removed the animals and took them to the Macomb County Animal Shelter. Most of the animals were sick.

The woman was taken to a hospital for an evaluation. The investigation continues, but Sheriff Anthony Wickersham described it as "a sad situation for all parties."

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