Feline Find: 192 Cats Stuff a Double-Wide

Woman faces animal cruelty charges

STEPHENS CITY, Va. -- Officials found 192 live cats and seven dead ones in a Frederick County mobile home, leading to animal cruelty charges against the woman who owns it.

Sheriff's Office Major Robert Eckman said Linda McLaughlin, 58, is the owner of the cat-filled double-wide trailer. Eckman said the animals living in McLaughlin's home also showed the effects of neglect and inhumane conditions.

McLaughlin could face charges of animal cruelty and animal neglect. She was not present when her cats were confiscated and has been hospitalized in Prince William County since Friday.

Officials said Wednesday that the home contains so much cat waste and cat hair that it will probably be demolished.

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