Florida squatter found with more than a dozen dead cats in freezer

A foreclosure eviction in Tampa, Florida yielded a grisly find for authorities on Thursday, as they found not only a squatter on the property, but dozens of dead and diseased cats.

WPEC-TV reported on Saturday that 66-year-old James Hopkins was discovered on the premises, which belonged to another person. Besides Hopkins, there were dozens of sick cats around the house, and at least a dozen more stashed away in a freezer.

According to the Associated Press, Hopkins stuffed 31 cats into four small carriers and hid them in two nearby properties which were also foreclosed.

Hopkins was arrested and charged with 20 counts of unlawful confinement of an animal and one count of animal cruelty. He is being held on a $12,000 bond.

Watch WPEC’s report, aired Saturday, below.

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