Woman charged with animal cruelty after nearly 200 cats found in home

Woman charged with animal cruelty after nearly 200 cats found in home

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by BEN THOMPSON / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 6:40 PM

MOORESVILLE, NC -- A woman was arrested Monday afternoon on animal cruelty charges after Iredell County Animal Control found nearly 200 cats in her 900 square foot home Friday.

Of the hundreds found, 49 had to be euthanized, and the shelter is now trying to quickly find homes for the remaining 149. 

The facility only has 65 cages for the cats, and the director says they usually only keep one cat in a cage at a time.

So far, a few shelters and charities have come forward to take at least thirty of the animals. 

"We don't want to have to euthanize these cats.  They're highly adoptable, but we just don't have space," said shelter director Chris Royal.

Animal control officers first visited the home of 47-year-old Angie Funderburk on Creek Branch Road in February.  They say at the time she had 30 cats, but otherwise kept a clean and sanitary home.

Graphic pictures from inside the home obtained by NewsChannel 36 show a very different home.  Cats are everywhere in the house; the refrigerator, closets, drawers, and even inside the couch.

"We had to cut the fabric on the furniture to get the cats out from inside the furniture," said Royal.

She also said inches of cat feces covered the floor, which can also be seen in some of the pictures.

After Funderburk's arrest, others living in the home wouldn't agree to an on-camera interview with NewsChannel 36.  A young man yelled from the front porch of the home that the cats were properly cared for.

If you're interested in adopting one of the cats, contact the Iredell County Animal Control.   


 

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