Dozens of cats removed from abandoned home; more to be rescued

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CHICAGO -- Dozens of cats have been rescued from a vacant home in Chicago's Belmont Central neighborhood.

Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is working with a cat organization called Tree House to remove the cats from 6207 W. Roscoe. PAWS Chicago is also volunteering in the rescue effort.

So far, they have trapped and impounded about 30 black cats.

They estimate more than 100 cats were living inside the abandoned house.

The house was foreclosed and was not boarded up properly. The previous owner left the cats behind.

After that, the number of cats on the property multiplied.

Neighbors say they haven't seen the owner of the home in weeks.

The house was covered in feces and urine and declared unlivable by the City of Chicago Building Department.

There is a hearing concerning the house and properly boarding it up today.

The Tree House Humane Society says it hopes the city waits until it has time to rescue all of the cats and find homes for them before boarding up the house.

Anyone looking to help can contact the Tree House Humane Society or PAWS Chicago.

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