380 Cats: ARL Concludes Its Madrid Animal Hoarding Rescue Mission

MADRID, Iowa  --  The Animal Rescue League says it has concluded its rescue efforts at a Madrid home and the numbers are astounding.

Three-hundred and eighty cats were found in and around the home of Dennis Carlson in the last two weeks. One-hundred and ninety-four of those cats were dead, including some bodies found stashed in a freezer.  One-hundred and eighty-six living cats are now in the care of the ARL.

The cats were found living in horrendous conditions in Carlson's home.  At least six inches of cat feces covered all surfaces.  All of the cats rescued from his home were in need of medical attention.  The ARL has been monitoring the area with trail cameras and says there are no more signs of cats in the area.

The ARL is welcoming donations of money, supplies and time to help care for the cats and get them ready for new homes.  A website has been set up specifically to update the needs of "The Madrid Cats."

The ARL has more than 1,000 cats in its care right now.

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