Officials: NC woman lived with nearly 200 cats; charged with animal cruelty
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — A Mooresville woman accused of keeping nearly 200 cats in her home was arrested Monday after authorities said they searched her residence.
WSOC reported that Angie Funderburk, 47, was charged with felony animal cruelty, along with a misdemeanor failure to provide vaccine proof and instigating cruelty to animals.
Animal control officers reportedly searched her home Friday, describing the living conditions of the cats as disturbing.
“Every door you opened, it was just multiple cats. Feces were all over the floors and the walls,” said Iredell County Animal Control Director, Chris Royal, according to WSOC. “(The cats) had runny eyes, one of them was just covered in ringworm.”
Officials said the cats with the worst issues were euthanized to prevent the spread of disease to others at the shelter.
Royal told WSOC the shelter had to start putting five or six cats in one area, which usually only keeps a couple.
“We are overcrowded … but these tight quarters are a lot better than the conditions they were living in,” she said.
Funderburk was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $10,000 bond and is scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday.
Officials said the animals are available to adopt at Iredell County Animal Control to anyone who wants them.