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Breeder accused of animal hoarding after 89 Maine Coon cats seized from Calgary home

One of the dozens of Maine Coon cats seized from an alleged animal hoarder in Calgary. Calgary Humane Society

A pet breeder has been charged after humane society officers removed 89 Maine Coon cats from a Calgary home.

Calgary Humane Society investigators were dispatched to what they called an “animal hoarding situation” last April.

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One of the dozens of Maine Coon cats seized from an alleged animal hoarder in Calgary. Calgary Humane Society

Officers determined that all of the cats needed to be removed due to environmental and medical concerns.

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Ruth Sogz, who is 57, has been charged under Alberta’s Animal Protection Act with permitting animals to be in distress.

Facebook user Ruth Sogz posted this photo to her page in April. Global News

Brad Nichols, senior manager of animal cruelty investigations, says it is unusual to find so many cats in a residence.

He says it’s important that pet owners know their limits concerning space, time and finances.

“Over and above the environmental conditions, many of these cats were suffering from serious communicable disease,” he said Wednesday.

“Potential legal consequences aside, there have already been serious, irreversible consequences to the cats and the home.”

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