Ingham County shelter over capacity for cats after neglect investigation brings in 22 felines

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LANSING – Ingham County Animal Control on Thursday took in 22 cats as part of a neglect investigation, leaving the county shelter in Mason over capacity for felines.

The agency said it will be unable to accept cats surrendered by their owners "for the very near future" so they can properly care for the ones that came in on Thursday.

The shelter was already at capacity prior to Thursday's welfare check at a residence in the 1600 block of Mill Stone Road in Lansing, officials said in a news release.

Investigators found the cats living in unsanitary conditions. The owner is cooperating with the investigation and surrendered the animals to animal control.

The agency said it planned to seek criminal charges "due to the conditions the animals were living in." They did not release information about the cats' conditions or specify what charges might be sought.

The shelter said it could use donations of money and Purina One dry cat food to help care for the animals. Anyone who wants to help can drop by the shelter on Buhl Street in Mason, call (517) 676-8370 or go to its website.

Contact Ken Palmer at kpalmer@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @KBPalm_lsj.

This article originally appeared on Lansing State Journal: Neglect investigation adds 22 cats to now over-capacity Ingham County shelter