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NC woman surrenders 65 cats living in her home

By jim Published: August 13, 2009

CARY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman has surrendered 65 cats to animal control officials after a neighbor complained about the numerous pets.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday no charges will be filed against Jeanne Diaz of Cary. The 43-year-old willingly gave up the cats Wednesday after Cary police took possession of them and contacted a local animal rescue.

More than 35 cats have been taken by Cat Angels Pet Adoptions. The others were euthanized due to various health problems.

Police say Diaz acquired all the pets legally and did not mistreat the animals. Officials say many are friendly and appear to be well fed.

Diaz said it all started with a larger-than-expected litter of Siamese kittens. They began reproducing after proper vaccinations and neutering procedures became too expensive.

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