A Florida woman was charged with 103 counts of felony animal abuse on Wednesday for allegedly keeping more than 140 cats — some of them dead — in deplorable conditions at her home.
WPEC-TV reported that 64-year-old Diane Carle is being held on $300,000 dollars bail stemming from the results of an investigation by Palm Beach County animal control officials in December 2012.
Investigators had to don respirators and protective clothing to go through her home in Lake Worth, where they found six dead cats and 137 live ones, many of them still feral and all of them sick. Carle reportedly refused to cut down on the number of cats in the home.
Lt. Misti Scaggs, who leads the department’s special investigations unit, told the Palm Beach Post that only two of the cats found on the property were healthy enough to be placed for adoption. The rest had to be euthanized.
“Ultimately, the animals are the ones to suffer,” Scaggs told the Post. “It was a hoarding type situation that we see on the rise these days.”
Watch WPEC’s report on the charges against Carle, aired Wednesday, below.