GILBERT, AZ - Police have charged a woman for animal cruelty after finding dozens of cats living in uninhabitable conditions in her Gilbert condominium.
Jill Hopper was caught with 46 cats, five deceased, in her home near Lakeside and Val Vista drives, according to Gilbert police Sgt. Jesse Sanger.
Gilbert police were called to the home after neighbors complained about a smell, said Melissa Gable with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
Gable said the cats have been taken to a county shelter. She said 45-year-old Hopper has not signed the cats over to the facility so there will likely be a court case.
Hopper is being charged with animal cruelty and the home has been deemed unfit for human habitation, Sanger said.
The Gilbert Fire Department has condemned Hopper's home due to toxic levels of ammonia. Cleanup crews had to wear masks and were limited to 15 minutes inside the condominium to work.
Gable said the cats are being tested and are not yet up for adoption due to the investigation. They may be available at a later date, she said.