SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities in Savannah say two people have been given more than 180 city ordinance violations for moving out of a home and leaving over 40 cats and kittens behind.
Police Tuesday said 40-year-old Evan Bolin and 41-year-old Melissa Pope have been charged with 50 counts of animal neglect and abandonment, sanitation violations and additional offenses.
Officials say the owner of the house checked on the property after evicting the couple and called police after finding the cats roaming through the unoccupied house. Police say three of the cats died before officials found them and some were found living inside the home's walls.
Police say the cats are being cared for by animal control and will be examined by a veterinarian.