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GLENDALE, Ariz. – At least 85 cats are being removed from a home in Glendale Tuesday afternoon.
Glendale police, Phoenix firefighters and the Arizona Humane Society responded to an apparent case of animal hoarding near Maryland and 45th avenues.
Police said they have been working with the cats' owner for weeks, but he refused to give up the animals. They came back Tuesday with a warrant, got inside the home and discovered conditions so hazardous, the owner was removed for the sake of his own health.
Workers in hazmat suits could be seen carrying cats in cardboard boxes from the home. Arizona Humane Society employees loaded them into rescue trucks.
Two of the cats are dead and the prognosis for the rest of the cats is poor, according to the Arizona Humane Society.
The feces in the home was 6 inches deep in some places.
A neighbor told 3TV reporter Tanya Mendis that the smell was so bad, she thought it was a meth house.
The owner faces an animal abuse charge.
Humane society loading cats into rescue truck. 50+ cats found in home at 45th ave and Maryland pic.twitter.com/zlN1GnKEow— Tanya Mendis (@tanyamendis) November 25, 2014
Humane society now says 70 cats in the home and counting... 2 cats are dead. Feces 6 inches deep in some places. Prognosis for cats "poor."— Tanya Mendis (@tanyamendis) November 25, 2014