CONTRIBUTED One of the 51 cats seized from a one-bedroom apartment in Halifax.

Over 50 cats living in a one-bedroom apartment in Halifax have been removed from its owner in a case of animal hoarding.

The Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia says it helped remove  a total of 51 cats after being contacted by the apartment landlord on Friday.

Catherine Stevens, communication director for DARTNS, says a female senior living in the apartment cooperated as the cats – ranging from newborn kittens to adults – were removed.

“The cats were being fed and watered … there are no cats abused,” she said.

“She thought she was doing a great job (by caring for them), as most hoarders do,” Stevens added. “It’s somebody trying to do a good thing, but it goes bad.”

A temporary shelter has been set up in Halifax and volunteers from DARTNS are now taking care of the cats. Stevens said after the SPCA examines the animals in the coming days, and they are spay and neutered, they will be put up for adoption.

At the request of the landlord, DARTNS isn’t releasing the location of where the animals were found.

Stevens said the case is a reminder for pet owners to have their animals spayed or neutered.

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