FALLS CHURCH, VA (WUSA9) - Eight-two cats were removed from a Falls Church on Saturday and taken to a local veterinarian for treatment, according to Fairfax County police.
After receiving a tip, police found dozens of cats inside a home of a 52-year-old man located on Westmoreland Road. Police say the cats ranged from newborns to about seven years old. Some of the cats had varying signs of illness.
Siobhan Chase, a Fairfax county Animal protection police officer, said many of the cats were suffering from upper respiratory infections or other diseases
Police say the homeowner cooperated with officers, even helping put the nearly seven dozen cats into crates for transport.
The homeowner, who did not want to go on camera, said he had been caring for the cats for years. He said it began with just a few but quickly got out of control.
He also said he never had the heart to turn the cats away or take them to the shelter. He was afraid they'd be put down.
Getting chocked up, the man told WUSA9 that he never stopped trying to give the cats a good home, spending hours each day and hundreds of dollars a month to care for the cats. But clearly that still wasn't enough.
Five deceased cats were also located inside the home, according to police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP.