Officers rescue 50 cats from Colo. Springs mobile home

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Numerous felines are in need of a new home after authorities rescued 50 cats during a hoarding investigation in Colorado Springs.

On July 16, officers from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR), Animal Law Enforcement (ALE) and Colorado Springs police and fire rescued 20 cats from a condemned mobile home at the Shangri-La Mobile Home Park.

Over the next few days, officers were able to capture another 30 cats from the residence that fled during the investigation.

Police said the residence was filthy, and was covered with garbage, dishes, broken furniture and other debris littered across the floor.

All of the cats were dehydrated and underweight, and many were treated for upper respiratory infections. There were no severe health problems reported, according to HSPPR veterinarians.

The Humane Society says 30 of the 50 cats are getting sprayed, neutered and are now up for adoption. More cats are expected to become available for adoption after their behavior and health is assessed.

To see all photos of the adoptable cats, click here.

“Most of the time, cats that we impound from hoarding cases have severe behavior or health problems,”Joe Stafford, director of Animal Law Enforcement said. “However, we were extremely lucky with the cats from this particular hoarding case. They had relatively minor health issues and seem to be predominately sweet, social cats.”

Investigators said the owner of the neglected animals could face animal cruelty charges ranging from a class 1 misdemeanor to a felony.

For more information on adopting a rescued cat, visit hsppr.org.