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Dozens of cats seized from sanctuary

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An estimated 120 cats in various states of health are being seized from a cat sanctuary run by a veterinarian.

It’s happening near Perry in Shiawassee County.

Our CBS affiliate, WLNS out of Lansing, reports the sanctuary had fallen into disrepair, causing the buildings to be condemned.

They also report officials said the owner of the sanctuary walked away from the facility, leaving the animals to die.

"I've never heard of this many cats in one location," Shiawassee County Undersheriff Walt McPherson said.

Police said the home was once an animal rescue, but is now abandoned and the cats were left behind.

"They're finding a few in relatively poor health, non-life threatening, but low, poor mainly due to the conditions," McPherson said.

The rescue comes after a month long investigation into the property.

"We've collected young cats, old cats, kittens and there's a lot to sort out right now," said Julia Wilson, with the Capital Area Humane Society.

She said they've pulled cat after cat out of the home and took them to their shelter.

"It's an unfortunate situation, but we're prepared to provide care for them," Wilson said.

An attorney for the homeowner issued a statement that said the homeowner cares for the cats daily and any suggestion she abandoned the cats is inaccurate.

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