Sheriff's deputies and officers from Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control had their hands full Friday night, evicting a woman and collecting the 66 cats she had accumulated in her home west of Delray Beach.
Animal Care & Control officers removed the cats from a small home on Lake Boulevard, said Capt. David Walesky, operations manager with Animal Care & Control.It wasn't the first encounter between the woman and authorities. They had been working with her to reduce the number of cats.
She was cited in December for having animals without rabies shots and tags, according to an Animal Care & Control case report. She also was cited for having too many cats, owning unsterilized animals and breeding animals without a permit.
At the same time, however, living conditions in the home time were "fairly clean," according to the report.
She was required to reduce her number of cats to 10 by Saturday. But rather than reduce the number of cats, their population grew, Walesky said.
By Friday night, conditions in her home had deteriorated and were "worse than they'd ever seen," Walesky said.
Still, that's not unusual, Walesky said. Animal Care & Control often sees hoarding cases, and it usually involves cats, he said.