ELLIS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – More than two dozen neglected cats from Ellis County have new hope this morning. The SPCA is checking them over and hopes to have them adopted out during the holidays.

The 25 cats were seized on Dec. 5 from a house in Avalon. 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 owner gave up custody yesterday right before a scheduled hearing after admitting to not having the means to feed the cats. Maura Davies of the SPCA of Texas says the cats were once covered in feces and urine. Many had bad wounds, and some couldn’t even open their eyes. They are evaluating the animals to see if and when they can be adopted out.

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