Humane Society seizes a dozen cats from Phoenix home

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A dozen cats living in filthy, deplorable conditions were rescued from a Phoenix home Tuesday.

The Arizona Humane Society said the cats were confined to bedrooms and bathrooms at a home near Glendale and 31st avenues.

Nelson said a police officer on the scene was bitten.

This is not the first time the Arizona Humane Society has visited the home.

"The home is just stacked with different articles so it does appear to be not only a cat-hoarding situation, but hoarding of possessions as well," said AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson.

The cats appear to be in poor health. Veterinarians are examining the cats to see if they can be saved.

"Cases such as this reiterate the ill effects of pet overpopulation on our community and reinforce the need for spaying/neutering," Nelson said.

The Humane Society will work with police on possible charges against the owner.