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Cat Roundup in Maryland

Animal Control visits Charles County cat hoarder again



    "They're just like my babies." The Charles County woman accused of hoarding dozens of cats tearfully makes her case to News4's John Schriffen. (Published Saturday, July 24, 2010)

    Animal Control paid a visit to a Bryans Road, Md., woman whose collection of cats was taking over the neighborhood.

    Neighbors said cat hoarding has been a problem at the Boxwood Circle home for at least 10 years. At 1:30 p.m. Friday, Animal Control showed up with a warrant and began rounding up cats. One neighbor said as many as 21 cats had been taken away before authorities went inside the house.

    Friday's wasn't the first Animal Control visit to the home. About two years ago, neighbors helped authorities round up cats from the home. Forty-one cats were caught that day.

    After that, the woman wasn't supposed to have anymore cats, her neighbor Danny Hainey said.

    Experts say cat hoarding is dangerous, especially for the cats. Even after the cats are removed from such homes, many get diseases and must be euthanized.