Florida Couple Breaks U.S. Cat Hoarding Records

Police raided Florida's Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary (population: 692 fewer cats than they had before), and in doing so uncovered "the biggest case of cat hoarding the Humane Society of the United States has ever participated in." The proprietors of said kitty slum, Pennie and Steven Lefkowitz, are each facing 47 counts of animal cruelty, which includes one for a neglected rooster. All charges are third-degree felonies.

How does one amass that many cats? By opening their doors to anyone looking to get rid of one in the greater Alachua County region. People who left their pets with the Lefkowitzs were assured that their abandoned loved ones would retire to a "country club environment."

Instead, conditions at the property were described by authorities as "dire." About 60 of the 692 rescued cats were euthanized due to poor health and malnutrition. The rest are being treated and will be put up for adoption. [Gainesville Sun, photo via havenacres.org, mugshots via Alachua County PD]