Authorities last week seized several dozen live cats from an east Montgomery County home where nearly 250 dead animals were also recovered.

On Aug. 4, the Montgomery County Animal Services seized 74 live cats, eight live raccoons and two live dogs, along with 198 dead cats found in a meat freezer and 46 dead raccoons, out of a Porter home, according to the Montgomery County Animal Cruelty Taskforce.

A Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constable’s animal control officer responding to a follow-up animal welfare call at the property detected a foul odor emanating from the house. The officer found the surviving animals in “deplorable conditions,” according to the animal cruelty task force.

The civil seizure of the animals was carried out after a warrant was obtained and served by Precinct 2, the animal cruelty task force added.

The county shelter in Conroe is at capacity as result of the seizure and a continued increase in animal intakes, the task force noted.

“While the seized animals will not be available for adoption, foster or rescue until final determination of custody, MCAS is requesting assistance from the community, in the form of rescues, fosters or citizens adopting currently available animals,” read a statement from the animal cruelty task force.

The owner, the task force noted, is a “sub-permitted wildlife rehabber.” The home was occupied by two elderly individuals, according to Pct. 2 Cpt. Greg Thomason, who spearheads the task force.

“The ammonia concentration inside the house was 30 parts per million, which is extremely hazardous,” Thomason said.

The fully permitted rehabilitator has taken possession of the surviving raccoons to continue their rehabilitation. The animals were transported to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter for intake and veterinarian evaluations, according to the animal cruelty task force.

The Houston Humane Society is currently housing and evaluating 50 of the live cats. All the animals are receiving medical care to start their rehabilitation, according to the animal cruelty task force.

A Tuesday morning hearing at the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Court awarded custody of the animals to the county, according to Thomason.

“Please continue to make us aware of hoarding, collecting, neglect, abandonment and any other form of animal cruelty,” read a statement from the animal cruelty task force. “Working collaboratively, the task force is fighting back against animal cruelty.”

Montgomery County recently launched the task force aimed at combating the abuse of animals, which Thomason late last month said was on the rise during the ongoing pandemic.

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