Dozens of animals taken from home

A cat is removed by an animal worker from a home in Rockingham County.

October 25, 2011 3:41:58 PM PDT
Deputies and animal control workers descended on a Rockingham County home Monday and seized 156 cats, four dogs, and several rabbits.

The Humane Society said it alerted authorities after neighbors on Grady Drive became concerned about the well-being of the animals, which they said were kept in unsanitary and inhumane conditions.

During Monday's search, some dead animals were found, and there were dozens in need of medical attention.

Deputies say many of the animals were underweight, had respiratory infections, and were infested with parasites.

The state director of the Humane Society told ABC11 it was a case of a rescuer who got in over her head. Deputies said the woman, who was not named, could be facing animal cruelty and neglect charges.

The cats will be checked out, and the ones that are adoptable will be sent to nearby shelters.

Some of the cats were taken to the Orange County shelter. For more information, click here.

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