MILWAUKIE More than 40 animals were seized from one home in Milwaukie Thursday afternoon.

The Oregon Humane Society and the Clackamas County Sheriff s Office issued a search warrant for the Milwaukie homeowner during an animal neglect investigation.

They found 41 cats and one dog, a Shih Tzu, living in overcrowded conditions.

The evidence strongly indicated that this was a potential cat hoarding case and that dozens of cats could be suffering from neglect, said Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS Director of Shelter Medicine.

Many of the cats and kittens, some just four weeks old, had upper respiratory disease and damage to their eyes, officials said.

Veterinarians were caring for the animals and trying to rehabilitate them.

This number of animals and magnitude of the medical care they re going to need is very serious, Otteman.

But the future of the nearly four dozen animals is uncertain. The owner hasn t yet relinquished his rights to them, so a court must decide whether he keeps the animals or has his ownership rights terminated.

If the latter happens, the animals could be put up for adoption.

Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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