Authorities said they had to euthanize most of the 45 cats surrendered by a Mint Hill man whose property was described as deplorable.
On Aug. 10, Mint Hill police served a search warrant at a home on Gold Wagon Lane, where a man lives with his daughter. In a statement, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control said the conditions there were consistent with that of an animal hoarder.
The man surrendered the cats to animal control officers, officials said.
It wasnt immediately clear exactly how many of the cats were euthanized. But Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Melissa Knicely said most had to be euthanized, some because of a lack of socialization.
More of the cats are expected to be examined Thursday. Knicely said officials hope to put them up for adoption or send them to rescue groups.
Officials said the cats owner is cooperating with the investigation and that Animal Care and Control has allowed him to keep three of his cats. Those cats were sterilized and vaccinated and returned to him Tuesday.
He is prohibited from taking in any more cats, and officers will do random checks at his home, according to Animal Care and Control.
The investigation is ongoing, and its unclear whether charges might be filed.