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113 dead cats and feline ashes found in Monterey County

July 25, 2012 |  9:18 pm

Authorities said Wednesday that 113 cats were found dead in two Monterey County properties that also had boxes filled with cremation ashes of about 40 other felines.

The grisly discoveries were made in the town of Seaside by workers with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to a report in the San Jose Mercury News.

The company that manages the properties alerted the society after finding dead kittens on the property several days ago, officials said. The society has declined to provide information on the location or type of properties involved.

"It's very disturbing," SPCA humane investigation supervisor Capt. Judi Adams said. The dead felines were very young, "newborn, a day or a week old," she said.

About 50 living cats were also found on the properties. The incident and cause of the death of the animals were under investigation.

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