published Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Authorities find 164 cats at Walker County home after odor complaint

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    Curtis Patterson, Walker County animal control supervisor, checks his list of recovered cats from a home on Carolyn Drive today in Chickamauga, Ga. It has been reported that as many as 157 cats are at the Georgia home. Fifty cats were removed at 1:30 p.m.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A woman and her mother-in-law in Chickamauga were found in possession of 164 cats Thursday morning, after a neighbor called Georgia animal control complaining of the odor, Curtis Patterson, supervisor of animal control for Walker County, said.

He said the woman moved here five years ago and found 12 cats on the property. From there, the cats began to breed, and she began to take in other cats she found.

Patterson said the owner has been cooperative, and she's been ordered to own no more than 20 cats unless she acquires a rescue license.

So far, they have removed 50 cats and are waiting on transport to remove more shortly.

Stay with the Times Free Press for more information as it becomes available.

Thursday afternoon, Walker County Animal Control supervisor Curtis Patterson retrieves one of the 157 cats found at a Chickamauga, Ga., residence on Wednesday. The owner presently is cooperating with the county and the Georgia Department of Agriculture as of late Thursday.
Thursday afternoon, Walker County Animal Control supervisor Curtis Patterson retrieves one of the 157 cats found at a Chickamauga, Ga., residence on Wednesday. The owner presently is cooperating with the county and the Georgia Department of Agriculture as of late Thursday.
Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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