Nearly 150 cats were confiscated from a woman's property in Waukesha County.
Most were either found dead or were in such terrible shape that the only option was to euthanize.
"We received a call from the county humane officers that there was a property that had been overrun with cats."
It's a call any animal lover hates to get.
And when Lynn Olenik from the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County went out to the home last week, her team found 40 cats the first day. The following days, even more.
"We found out a few more that she had another property and all together we collected 144 cats in a week's period of time."
These are pictures of some of the cats.
"They were under weight. They were dehydrated. They had numbers of different types of infections going on."
Fortunately, HAWS was able to take back 50 of them.
Some as young as 3 days old.
"This one's Aiden. We name them all with Irish names."
Very social and ready to go to a new home. But others require a bit more attention.
"They are in the various stages of upper respiratory. They'll be spayed or neutered, they'll be de-wormed, they'll get their vaccinations."
While they'll eventually go to better homes, Olenick says this should serve as a reminder to be watchful of owners with signs of hoarding, like odor, excessive pet waster and cats with poor cats.
"They have such an emotional bond that they're unable to release them. And something goes a little haywire and all of a sudden 20 turns into 40 turns to 80 and these animals are continuing to breed."
In this case, a simple call or welfare check earlier could have saved dozens of these little lives.
"It's very difficult for the staff involved...that's not why we're here, we're here to save lives."
The Humane Animal Welfare Society says the cat owner did surrender the cats.
It's unclear if charges will be filed against her.
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