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One of the cats seized by the Brandywine Valley SPCA

The Brandywine Valley SPCA took in 182 cats and one dog seized by the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare over the weekend in a suspected animal cruelty case.

One deceased cat was also recovered. Animal welfare officials had received a tip from the public about cats living in deplorable conditions.

The animals are in the SPCA's care for evaluation and any necessary medical care. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending. It’s believed this may be the largest single hoarding case seizure in the state’s history.

The Brandywine Valley SPCA has four locations, one in West Chester.

"We’re proud to be part of this important work, and we need your help getting these cats the quality of life they deserve," said an official with BVSPCA. "You can help with a donation to support the significant cost of this intake, which includes boarding for some of the cats and medical care for 183 animals, or by adopting."

The animals were seized at a location near the Dover, Del. BVSPCA location.

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