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Over 200 cats removed from Milton residence

MILTON -- More than 200 cats were removed from a Milton home.
Their owners claimed to run a non profit shelter to rescue them,  but the issue came to the attention of the Santa Rosa Sheriff's Office in May.

Neighbors complained about the smell coming from their neighbor's home, some even avoided walking by it. they say the couple living inside caused problems for many years.
Cat after cat being taken out of the home; a total of two-hundred and fourteen rescued.

"Yeah I didn't think there was that many there, but I knew there was a lot."

Everett Pfeiffer says neighbors knew the people living here were hoarding cats. He's seen crates piled in front of the house, a garage full of cat food, and cats peeking out the windows.

"I'm a cat lover...."

Deputies say every corner, every room was full of cats.
It is unknown exactly what condition they were in, but the search warrant mentions the couple failed to provide care and some cats had contagious diseases.
Neighbors have been complaining for many years to animal control, even sometimes confronting the couple living inside.    
But the issue didn't come to a head until now.

"He says he's non-profit.......and he's untouchable and we should live with it."

Online, the address is listed as a non-profit shelter called Kirkham Kattery Inc.
Laura Garrett thought that's what was going on, but had her suspicions when one of the cats showed up at her yard in bad shape.

"He was pretty distraught.... they nursed him back to health and adopted him out."

All the cats were taken to the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. They'll be evaluated and treated.