Local animal rescue workers have removed some 40 cats so far today from a house on Filmore Street near Frankford High School in Philadelphia and anticipate removing up to 260 felines in total.
The cats belong to the resident in the 1600 block of Fillmore Street, where the woman ran a rescue shelter for cats, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said at the scene, adding that the agency decided the living condition inside the house had become untenable.
"She took in the cats with good intentions, but it's a situation where she got in over her head," PSCPA spokeswoman Sarah Eremus said at about 1 p.m.
Rescue workers expected to be at the scene removing cats throughout the afternoon, Eremus said.
No charged have been filed against the woman yet and the cats will be held in a temporary shelter at the PSPCA's Erie Avenue headquarters.