Northland woman facing charges after 152 cats removed from her house

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More than 150 cats are at the Kansas City, Missouri Animal Shelter after animal control officers removed them from a Northland home Monday.

The cats, ranging from full-grown to newborn kittens, were living in a house in the 3700 block of North Bales.

Authorities said they received calls from neighbors about the smell coming from the house.

"It's really been terrible, you can't sit outside, you can't have a barbecue," said Marzella Blackmon who lives next door to the house.

On Tuesday, at the animal shelter, Dennis Moriarty spent time petting the cats and giving them much needed attention.

For more than a decade, Moriarty has worked in animal welfare.

"This is one of the few professions, you can actually leave at night, no matter how bad the day has been, there is always a bright spot," he said. "You feel like you're doing something worthwhile."

He said he has never seen a case quite like this.

"I personally have not seen a case to this extent as far as the sheer number," said Moriarty. "It's a little bit frightening."

Moriarty said many of the cats have lesions and abrasions. Some a missing fur and they have fleas. But he said, surprisingly, the animals are not malnourished.

"We can see, just in the short time that they've been here, somewhat a change in attitude in their behavior," Moriarty said.

A veterinarian began looking over the cats Tuesday afternoon.

Moriarty said they need to see if the cats are in good health before they consider putting them up for adoption.

Authorities said the woman who lived in the house with the cats was charged with municipal charges of cruelty, too many animals and control of odor.

They also removed a ferret and a bulldog.

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