YAVAPAI COUNTY, Ariz. -- Authorities removed 96 cats from a Yavapai County home in a case of suspected animal hoarding.
The owner had been breeding Siamese, Scottish Folds, Pixie Bobs, Manx and Bengal cats for profit, according to the Yavapai Humane Society.
Officials said the elderly woman became a hoarder over the last few years, keeping the cats in large pens and inside her home.
The woman currently is hospitalized in critical condition and relinquished all ownership rights to Purebred Cat Breed Rescue, Inc.
Her family is helping PCBR transport the cats to the Humane Society where they will be altered, vaccinated and tested for FIV/FELV before being available for adoption. The first group arrived Tuesday.
"YHS is delighted to be able to assist these animals," said Ed Boks, YHS executive director. "It is my hope that the community will respond by adopting these healthy, friendly, but unfortunate animals."
The YHS adoption fee for purebred cats is $95. However, YHS is asking for a donation in lieu of the adoption fee to help expedite placement of these purebred cats into loving homes.
"They have many years of love left to give and they are crying out for open hearts willing to love them," Boks added.
To assist in the cats' rehabilitation and care, donate at www.yavapaihumane.org.