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28 cats found dead in Arkansas house fire

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The Garland County Sheriff’s Department says 28 dead cats were found inside of a home that burned and another 11 felines were taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

Officials said Monday that animal control officers first fielded a complaint about the home in 2010.

After another complaint this month, Garland County Animal Services gave the homeowner a Monday deadline to have the home cleaned. Instead, firefighters were called to the residence. After the fire was out, Animal Services recovered the dead cats and took the ones that survived for veterinary care.

Sheriff’s Lt. James “Corky” Martin says charges of animal cruelty or animal neglect are expected to be filed.

The sheriff’s office didn’t release the name of the person living at the home or identify a cause of the fire.

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