Winnipeg police and animal services made a stunning find inside a Wolseley home Thursday evening: Approximately 120 cats and kittens, living in filth.
The pets have now been seized while the female owner is facing a criminal charge of uttering threats against a provincial animal protection worker. Further charges may follow.
Provincial animal investigators were called to the home in the 200 block of Evanson Street to investigate a tip. Police assisted in the seizure because of safety concerns.
Police say the animals were in various states of health, with some in poor condition. As well, there was an overwhelming smell of ammonia coming from the residence.
Sources told the Free Press there are likely mental health issues involved in the case, which is believed to be one of the larger examples of animal hoarding discovered in Winnipeg.