We know now how many cats were pulled from a Shiawassee County home on Wednesday.
Officials removed 111 cats from the house on Winegar Road outside Perry. It took almost 12 hours to get them all out.
Now it’s up to the Capital Area Humane Society to care for most of them. A few are staying at other locations.
Officials there wouldn’t allow 6 News to film or photograph them because they’re part of an investigation.
But they’re being tested right now – a process that will take several days to complete because of the sheer number of cats.
“They’re finding a few in relatively poor health,” Shiawassee County Undersheriff Walt McPherson said on Wednesday, “not life-threatening, but low-poor mainly due to the conditions.”
Once the tests are finished, the results will be sent to the country prosecutor to decide what to do next.
McPherson told 6 News that owners are only allowed up to 6 cats in a house.
The sheriff’s office says the cats were placed there by a local veterinarian, who was using the property as a cat rescue organization.
“The owner of the facility is here daily caring for the cats,” Troy Clarke, the attorney for veterinarian Nancy Bischof, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Any suggestion that she walked away or left them to die is completely inaccurate.”
Alysia Burgio will have the latest update on this story tonight on 6 News at 6.