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Police: 68 cats removed from south Fargo home

FARGO – Police have removed 68 cats from a south Fargo home over the past several weeks, and the total number of animals is expected to top 100, a police spokesman said.

Police learned about the case of animal hoarding after a 911 misdial brought them to the house in 1000 block of Seventh Avenue South, and officers noticed a number of cats around the residence, Lt. Joel Vettel said.

When officers went inside, they discovered the throng of animals. “There was a pretty horrific smell,” Vettel said.

The homeowner, a woman whose name was not released, has been cooperating with police as they catch and remove the cats. The woman, who lives alone, continues to reside in the house, the lieutenant said.

Vettel said officers have been using live traps to catch the cats, some of which have had medical problems and have been euthanized. Others have been put up for adoption, but some are too wild to be pets, he said.

“They don’t have the proper temperament for many families,” he said.

Vettel said charges against the woman are possible, but that so far, authorities have not taken steps in that direction.

“Our first priority is to get the animals removed,” he said.

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