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Animal hoarding case under investigation in Waukesha County

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WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - Officials in Waukesha County are investigating a case of animal hoarding in which 150 cats were seized – and 90 were in such bad shape that they had to be euthanized.

Waukesha’s Humane Animal Welfare Society figured that about 50 of the cats could be rehabilitated.

The group is asking for donations of food and litter – as well as good homes once the pets get better.

The head of the animal society, Lynn Olenik, told WDJT-TV in Milwaukee that a complaint was made last week – and that’s when the animals were taken to the shelter.

Olenik said some of the cats were so dehydrated, they could not stand up – and some were given fluids to no avail. Other cats had eye and skin problems, and many did not have proper nutrition.

Olenik said an older woman owned the cats, and she gave them up voluntarily. There was no immediate on whether criminal charges would be sought.

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