The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region rescued 41 cats and three dogs following a hoarding investigation at a residence in central Colorado Springs.
Debra Kay Minor, 62, the owner of the cats, was cited on 42 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and will be arraigned at the El Paso County courthouse Feb. 12, records show.
Piled up furniture were dangerous obstacles for the animals, while widespread urine and feces stains throughout the house caused ammonia levels to increase 20 to 50 times higher than deemed safe, said Humane Society spokeswoman Gretchen Pressley in a statement released Wednesday.
Humane Society employees, including a veterinarian, spent four hours in the house on the 1300 block of Franklin Street, off E. Uintah Street, according to the statement. Some cats found shelter inside walls, requiring significant rescue efforts.
"We're still working with most of the cats and all three dogs to get them the medical treatment they need," Pressley said. "They had upper respiratory infections and various injuries and other conditions."
One tiny Chihuahua with a femur fracture that had not been treated and healed improperly will need considerable medical attention.
Nine of the cats rescued were available for adoption at the Humance Society's shelter at 610 Abbot Lane, Pressley said.
The ages of the cats vary from as young as one to seven-years-old, with a variety of personalities and looks to match, Pressley said.
"We really want to give these special cats homes," Pressley said. "Anyone can come in and ask to see the cats rescued from the hoarding operation."