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Humane Society enters cat hoarder home in Braham

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The Animal Humane Society arrives at a suspected hoarder's Braham, Minn. home to collect cats. Photo by Paul Blume / FOX 9 News. The Animal Humane Society arrives at a suspected hoarder's Braham, Minn. home to collect cats. Photo by Paul Blume / FOX 9 News.
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Agents with the Animal Humane Society entered the home of a cat hoarding renter in Braham, Minn. on Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators were given the green light to go in and rescue the animals on Tuesday, and they pulled out a total of 17 cats and kittens. One kitten was dead.

On Monday, agents said they were hoping the renter would surrender about 20 cats while seeking mental health treatment instead of forcing law enforcement to go through the court system.

Diana Paro shares a wall with the alleged hoarder in the twin-home subdivision, and she's not shy about explaining her predicament.

"There are too many -- in feces and stuff," she said."Can't make it good for them."

At times, Paro says it gets so bad she can't even do laundry in her basement because of the seepage from next door.

"Me and my son gag," Paro told FOX 9 News. "Can't use the basement. Every time we want to wash clothes, I have to cover my mouth with towels to go down there."

Braham police declared the home uninhabitable on Monday.

Wade Hanson was the agent who led the feline rescue operation at the home, which the police chief described as being littered with garbage, flies, rotten food, feces -- and without air conditioning.

Cage by cage, agents came out of the small, stench-filled home with cats. All told, there were 11 adult cats and six kittens still alive. They have since been taken to Coon Rapids for check-ups and possible adoption.

"We don't want to come in and remove animals and put them to sleep right away," said Hanson. "Our main goal is to find homes for cats like this."

Officers say the renter had been collecting strays that she took in and tried to care for. The woman has since been hospitalized on an emergency order to get mental health treatment, but the cats were left behind.

Police turned the case over to the Animal Humane Society for now, and an investigator came to the home earlier on Monday. Permission was granted to enter to the home on Tuesday.

FOX 9 News spoke with the renter's family, who said they have tried to get her help for years. Now, they believe she is getting the treatment she needs.

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