113 cats removed from home, home evacuated due to air quality issues

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CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A Calhoun County home had to be evacuated due to high levels of ammonia after 113 cats were removed.

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control Division along with the Battle Creek Police Department Animal Control Division responded to the 600 block of South Avenue A in the Village of Athens.

Officials executed a search warrant there and removed approximately 113 cats in various conditions of health and sanitation.

The cats were taken to the Battle Creek Animal Shelter for housing and veterinary staff were making assessments of the animals.

Officials say the homeowner, a 64-year-old woman, was cooperative as the cats were removed.

The Calhoun County Health Department assessed the residence and deemed it habitable, but the Athens Fire Department was summoned to conduct an air quality test due to the high levels of ammonia in the air.

That test revealed decreased oxygen levels and increased methane levels, prompting an overnight evacuation of the home until it could be adequately ventilated for safe occupancy.

The incident remains under investigation and criminal charges are being sought.

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