FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. -- An alleged animal hoarder was arrested Tuesday after multiple cats were found living in filthy conditions inside her Fountain Hills home.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, 55-year-old Sharon Anne Weber is a cat rescue volunteer and had been warned twice by deputies to remove some of the approximately 50 cats from her home.
Sheriff's deputies returned to the home near Palisades Boulevard and Sunridge Drive on Tuesday after receiving two anonymous tips of possible animal hoarding.
Animal Crimes Deputy Dave Evans, who has responded to numerous homicides and methamphetamine labs in his 15-year career, said what he saw in the home was unlike anything he had seen before.
"The stench from the cat urine and feces was so unbearable, we considered calling a hazmat team to clear the area," he said in a statement. "It was far worse than any homicide scene I've investigated. When we walked through the house, we were walking through literally two feet of feces."
Weber was booked on 18 counts of animal cruelty.
This was one of three animal hoarding cases investigated by the sheriff's office this week.