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More than 100 dead kittens are found in Monterey County raid

July 26, 2012 | 12:52 pm

A number of cats found during a search and rescued from a home in Seaside, Calif. Monterey County.The remains of 113 kittens and 51 live adults cats were found in a raid on two adjoining properties in Monterey County, officials said.

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County said search warrants were obtained for the Seaside, Calif., properties after tips came in about numerous dead kittens.

"We see a lot of hoarding cases in our county, but the fact there were so many dead kittens is pretty depressing," SPCA spokeswoman Beth Brookhouser told the San Jose Mercury News.

The live cats were brought to the SPCA shelter, where staff worked late Tuesday to provide treatment and medical exams. Most of the cats were suffering from respiratory infections, parasites and dental disease.

 The SPCA said it received reports that some of the cats may have been taken from the streets in Seaside and other Monterey Peninsula communities. Owners may be looking for them. None of the rescued cats was microchipped.

By Wednesday, Brookhouser said, the SPCA had received many calls from possible owners and from people wanting to adopt the surviving cats.

"The community has really been responding," she said. "We are getting calls from people hoping to get some good news out of this."

The SPCA said it would forward reports to the district attorney's office for consideration of animal abuse charges.


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Photo: Some of the adult cats found during a raid on properties in Monterey County. Credit: Associated Press