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*New litters could push tally of rescued cats close to 100

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Some cats authorities rescued from a Frederick County home Monday could give birth any day and push the number close to 100.

Deputies took dozens of cats from the single-wide trailer at 6690 Valley Pike near Middletown after the property owner evicted the tenant and discovered the animals.

Authorities do not plan to charge the man because the cats appeared healthy and not neglected, according to Deputy Megan Moreland, an animal control officer with Frederick County. The former tenant also voluntarily handed over the animals to the deputies.

Officers took 83 cats and two dogs to the Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter, Moreland said Wednesday morning. At least two felines are pregnant and close to giving birth according to Moreland.

Moreland estimated the age of many of the cats at four months to a year.

Moreland responded that morning when the owner, in the process of evicting the tenant, reported seeing close to 40 cats in the trailer. By Monday afternoon, Moreland said she expected the number at well beyond 40.

The shelter must have the cats examined before putting them up for adoption, according to Moreland. Were the cats part of a criminal investigation or civil seizure the process to make the animals available for adoption would take longer, Moreland said.

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