MOORESVILLE, N.C., July 31 (UPI) -- A North Carolina woman was arrested on animal cruelty charges after 200 cats were found in her home, and the search is on to find new owners for the animals.
The Mooresville, N.C., home of Angie Funderburk, 47, was visited Friday by Iredell County, N.C. Animal Control, which found the 900 square foot home was overrun with cats. Funderburk was arrested Monday.
WCNC-TV reported Tuesday that 49 cats had to be euthanized, and the animal shelter operated by the county is attempting to quickly find homes for the remaining 149.
"We don't want to have to euthanize these cats. They're highly adoptable, but we don't have the space," said shelter director Chris Royal, adding that cats were everywhere in the house when Animal Control arrived, including within the furniture.
"We had to cut the fabric on the furniture to get the cats out," she added.