Doña Ana County Sheriff's investigators on Thursday seized 52 cats from a Chaparral home, where nine of the cats later had to be euthanized because of poor health.
The homeowner, identified as Charles Gonnell, 62, was not home when the search warrants were executed, but he is facing charges of extreme animal cruelty and codes violations, officials said.
Dr. Patricia Norris, a full-time veterinarian on staff with the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department, said she examined the cats and found that all of them suffered from a combination of skin diseases, upper respiratory infections and ulcerated mouths.
Norris euthanized nine cats because of the pain and suffering associated with their extremely poor health.
"All of the cats were suffering quite a bit," Norris said. "These conditions are hard to treat, and most would likely not recover at this stage of illness."
The sheriff's investigators, members of the department's Animal Cruelty Task Force, obtained two warrants Thursday after receiving a tip of animals being hoarded at a house in the 500 block of Amparo Road in Chaparral, said Kelly Jameson, a spokeswoman with the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office..." More
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