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44 animals seized in alleged hoarding case

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region says more than 40 cats and three dogs were removed from the home of an alleged hoarder.

The owner of the home, Debra Minor, is facing charges for animal cruelty.

The humane society says feces and urine stains were widespread in the home and the ammonia levels were 20 to 50 times higher than what is deemed safe.

In a news release, spokeswoman Gretchen Pressley says cats sought shelter in all corners through the three levels of the home in central Colorado Springs. Pressley says some of the cats were caught inside walls and had to be rescued. She says many of the cats were treated for upper respiratory infections and other medical problems.

WATCH: Humane Society video shows workers rescuing cats from home of alleged hoarder. CLICK HERE

Pressley says a Chihuahua that was rescued from the home had a femur fracture that had not been treated and then healed improperly.

Twelve of the cats are available for adoption. Many of the other cats, as well as the three dogs, are still undergoing medical treatment.

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