AVALON (CBSDFW.COM) – The SPCA of Texas, in conjunction with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, seized 25 cruelly confined, neglected cats from a house in Avalon on Wednesday morning.

According to the SPCA, the cats were living “inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked house on the property, and the stench of ammonia was so intense that it burned SPCA of Texas staff members’ eyes, noses and throats.”

The cats appear to be struggling with various ailments, including inflamed skin, eye discharge and various wounds.

SPCA workers were first contacted by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 27. When the SPCA visited the property, an investigator determined that the cats were cruelly confined due to a strong odor of ammonia which could be smelled 50-yards from the house.

The owner denied the officers and SPCA access to the house, though admitted that they did not have the means to feed the cats. The SPCA returned on Nov. 30, but were again turned away.

On Wednesday morning, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office sought a seizure warrant, allowing the SPCA to take custody of the animals. The cats were transported to the Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney, where they will receive examinations by the medical staff.

A custody hearing will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ellis County Justice of the Peace.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody, the cats will then be evaluated for potential placement or adoption.

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