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A southern Ontario county near the north shore of Lake Erie has an unusual problem and it's causing divisions among advocates for animal rights. As WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk reports, many are calling it a "cat-astrophe."


The SPCA Serving Erie County already has a few of the cats taken in a raid in West Seneca earlier this week up for adoption, but the remaining animals are in need of time, attention and medical care.

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Overcrowding is becoming a serious problem at the SPCA of Niagara, and a pleas are being issued to potential pet owners.

The Niagara County SPCA is investigating an apparent animal hoarding case in the town of Somerset.

Between 50 and 100 cats have been found living in a dilapidated home at 8681 Lake Road, where conditions are being described as "deplorable."

Many of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory syndrome and flea-induced anemia. Feces piles are described as being two to three foot high in some rooms. The SPCA officer on duty says it appears that caretakers visit only about every two weeks.

The officer describes the run-down house as unfit for anything to live in.