Abbotsford SPCA and police officers seized 57 cats, three dogs and two birds from an elderly woman's home on Baldwin Road last week.
Marcie Moriarty, SPCA manager of cruelty investigations, said pet hoarding is not uncommon, and the home and animals were in poor condition.
"We see [hoarding] all the time. It's not an intention to be cruel to the animals, but the fact remains, great harm can be done."
The house was full of cat feces, urine and pet food, deemed uninhabitable and later condemned, she said. The cats were suffering from mites and scabby ears and some had severe dental disease. The situation, as in many cases, is very sad, said Moriarty.
The 65-year-old woman voluntarily surrendered her animals because she knew it was the best thing to do, but she was traumatized..." More