GILBERT, AZ - Authorities say 79 cats were removed from a Gilbert home Monday.
A spokesperson for the Gilbert Police Department said officers were called to a home near Ray Road and Val Vista Drive Monday afternoon.
Police said investors who bought the home at an auction were starting renovations. The investors were removing cabinets, carpet and furniture from the home when the previous owner, a woman in her 50s, came home. She was supposed to move out of the home, but didn't.
Police said the woman did go down to the police station willingly and surrendered control of the cats to animal officials.
Arizona Humane Society officials were using nets and boxes to collect the images.
Police said the cats will be taken to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control and evaluated for possible adoption.
Neighbors said cats have roamed the neighborhood for a while and police have been contacted before, but nothing could be done unless someone had been injured by one of the animals.
Three neighbors said they have contacted their homeowner's association, but nothing was done.
No charges have been filed, but authorities say the woman could face animal cruelty charges.