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Woman denies she can't care for 123 cats

BOISE, Idaho, June 25 (UPI) -- A Boise, Idaho, woman accused of keeping more than 100 cats at her home in less then pristine conditions blasted the "heavy-handed" tactics of authorities.

Fifty-nine-year-old Gale McVay faces jail time if convicted of animal cruelty and neglect charges, reported the Boise (Idaho) Statesman Saturday.

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"I'm outraged," McVay said. "They're my life, I love my cats. I've done the very best for them."

Animal control officers raided McVay's house Wednesday, while she was in the hospital. Idaho Humane Society spokeswoman Dee Fugit said they found 123 cats, many gravely ill, in a home covered in feces and urine.

McVay disputed the Humane Society's characterization of her and her home and although she said she didn't know about a dead cat found under the sofa, she did admit that some of her rescued cats had a flea problem.

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