GOLD CANYON, Ariz. -- More than 50 animals were rescued from a Pinal County home in what Animal Care & Control officials are calling a terrible case of hoarding.
So far, 49 cats, three dogs, three birds and a hen with a broken leg have been removed from the rental property in Gold Canyon.
An air-conditioning repair technician discovered the deplorable conditions when he was called to the home. The repairman notified the property owner, who promptly called Animal Care & Control.
Officials said the animals were held in filthy conditions. The home contained layers of pet urine and fecal matter in multiple rooms.
Several of the animals were in distress, but it is unknown if the distress was caused by heat exhaustion, illness or disease.
The hen and some feral cats were held in a pen outside the home. The skeletal remains of two dead cats were found inside the pen.
The animals have been examined by a veterinarian.
The woman's name has not been released. She reportedly had been renting the home for a few years.
She has been cooperative with investigators and has agreed to surrender the majority of the animals to Animal Care & Control.
Authorities said she could face cruelty and neglect charges.