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*Dozens of cats surrendered to animal control in Frederick

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

MIDDLETOWN -- A man evicted from a Frederick County trailer home gave dozens of cats to authorities Monday, highlighting a trend animal control officers see during a bad economy.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office responded to 6690 Valley Pike (U.S. 11) at about 8:30 a.m. to assist in an eviction, said Maj. Robert "Robbie" Eckman. Animal control officers took about 40 cats and two dogs from the home, Eckman said.

Most of the felines law enforcement took from the single-wide trailer appear healthy and friendly, according to Deputy Megan Moreland, animal control officer for the agency.

"Obviously he's just been evicted so he doesn't have any place to take all these animals," the officer said. "But he did surrender them over. He ended up coming to the residence while we were there and surrendered them over to us."

Officers took the cats and dogs to the Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter. The animals must be examined before the shelter can decide whether to put any of the cats and dogs up for adoption, Moreland said. Several of the cats taken appear pregnant and others may have recently given birth to kittens, according to the officer.

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