GILBERT, AZ - The Gilbert Police Department is recommending animal cruelty charges be brought against a 59-year-old woman who was squatting in a home with 79 cats.
Jesse Sanger, spokesman for Gilbert police, said it will be recommending multiple counts of animal cruelty to the County Attorney after dozens of cats were found in a home near Val Vista Drive and Gilbert Road Monday afternoon.
The cats are currently in the care of the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control who are evaluating the cats' health and trying to determine if any of the cats will be able to be adopted.
Melissa Gable, spokesman for MCACC, said two kittens were recovered, one of which is about 2 weeks old.
Gable told ABC15's Allison Rodriguez that most of the cats are malnourished and in bad shape. She said one cat had to be euthanized. It's possible that those that are deemed not to be adoptable, will have to be put down.
Officers were called to the home Monday night after investors, who bought the home at an auction, started renovations inside the home. While renovations were being done, the previous owner returned home. It was determined that the woman was still living in the home, even thought she should have already vacated, said police.