Over 110 cats and one dog rescued from Las Vegas-area animal hoarder

"There's a fine line between rescue and hoarding," note animal rescue officials.

By Matt Bradwell

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev., July 25 (UPI) -- Police and animal rescue were called to a Las Vegas-area home Thursday after over 100 cats were found living in squalor with a woman claiming she was trying to "rescue" them.

Around 11:30 a.m. local time Thursday, police were notified of a "foul smell and lots of cats" irritating neighbors of a North Las Vegas home.


Initial reports stated that upon arrival, police and animal rescue officials discovered over 60 cats and one dog living in a home littered with urine and feces. That number has since nearly doubled, with police putting the current cat-count at 112 and Nevada Voters for Animals counting 120 rescued felines.

"I did the best I could, but my goal was to have them adopted out and keep a couple for myself," the unnamed woman caring for the cats told ABC Las Vegas.

"I never meant to keep that many cats."

The would-be cat lady was taken to an area hospital as precaution and will not be able to return to her home until undergoing a psychological evaluation.


"This is someone who was in rescue circles," Gina Greisen of Nevada Voters for Animals said of the hospitalized woman.

"None of us knew that this person had such a deep problem. There's a fine line between rescue and hoarding."

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