08/12/2016 12:40 EDT

Calgary Cat Breeder Charged With Cruelty After 89 Cats Seized From Home

Calgary Humane Society

A Calgary cat breeder is facing multiple charges after 89 cats were removed from her home.

Calgary Humane Society peace officers visited a home in the West Hillhurst neighbourhood on April 17, where they found 89 Maine Coon cats that were suffering from various medical issues.

"It is uncommon to see such a volume of animals in a residential setting, even in a cattery. Over and above the environmental conditions, many of these cats were suffering from serious communicable disease," Brad Nichols, senior manager of animal cruelty investigations, said in a statement.

"It is important that fanciers of any species know their limits concerning space, time and finances. Potential legal consequences aside, there have already been serious, irreversible consequences to the cats and the home.”

On August 8, charges were laid against Ruth Sogz, 57, for allowing the animals to be in distress.

Just days before the cats were seized from Sogz' home in April, she appeared on Global News promoting a Calgary cat show.

About a third of the cats were treated and able to be adopted but 60 were so sick they had to be euthanized, The Edmonton Journal reported.

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