Nearly 200 Cats Removed From Hoarding Situation In West Bloomfield

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Photo credit Photo: Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center
By WWJ Newsradio 950

PONTIAC, Mich. (WWJ) -- The Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center is seeking animal neglect and abuse charges against a West Bloomfield Township homeowner in what is being called the largest animal hoarding case in Oakland County history.

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Officials say many of the cats that were removed from the house were suffering from a variety of health issues, including upper respiratory infections, fleas, skin infections, ear mites, and malnutrition.

Several female cats have also given birth since arriving at the shelter, officials said.

An animal control officer responded to the home on April 24 to perform a welfare check on cats believed to be abandoned inside. When the officer looked through the home’s windows, she spotted at least a half-dozen cats who appeared to be somewhat ill and left with no food and water in unsanitary living conditions.

The homeowner's name was not disclosed.