Updated 07/29/2012 10:31 AM
Shelter asks for community's help in adopting neglected Mooresville animals
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MOORESVILLE, N.C.--Close to 200 animals were seized from a Mooresville home Friday.
Authorities are now describing the deplorable living conditions inside and the possible charges pending against the homeowner.
Authorities say an anonymous tip led them to the home on Creekside Drive in Mooresville. Inside, conditions they described as horrific.
“We went inside and it was just wall to wall cats. There was feces all over the floors, all over the walls, just horrendous conditions," said Chris Royal, Director of Iredell County Animal Services.
Iredell County Animal Control said they had never seen anything quite like it. They said 198 cats and 3 dogs were removed from Angie Funderburk's home.
Officials call it a classic case of animal hoarding.
"Every door I opened, every closet I looked in, it was just filled with cats," explained Royal.
News 14 spoke with several neighbors on Saturday, who declined to go on camera, but said they have always noticed an overwhelming odor when they walked past the house.
According to officials, five or six people live in the home.
So far, 50 of the cats have been euthanized due to sickness. Some of them were feral and a danger to Royal's staff.
"You know, I've just never seen anything like this,” said Royal.
The focus now is saving as many of the animals as possible and getting them in to good homes. Though, it's difficult for crews to forget what they saw Friday.
“Underneath the couches, the feces was you know three, four, even five inches deep,” said Royal.
Royal said animal cruelty charges will be filed against the owner on Monday.
The Iredell County Animal Shelter has a tough task ahead of them and they are asking for the community's help in adopting out these animals. For more information, call the shelter at (704) 878-5424.