PASADENA (AP) — Pasadena Humane Society officers say they have seized 241 crated cats that were being kept in a private storage space.

Officials say they got a tip from volunteers helping 62-year-old Tanya Regan of Temple City care for the animals. She usually went after midnight to feed them.

Regan was cited and released on her own recognizance. Society spokeswoman Ricky Whitman told the Pasadena Star-News they will pursue animal cruelty and neglect charges.

Twenty officers wore gas masks Wednesday to remove the cats from the rented Altadena Drive building. Most of the cats were stacked in filth-crusted cages. Officers say several dead cats were found in a freezer and nine cats and two dogs were seized from Regan’s Temple City home.

Regan could not be reached immediately for comment.

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Comments (15)
  1. Leslie says:

    What in the hell is wrong with people! I say stick her in a filth encrusted cage

  2. Gabriel Hill says:

    Any information on adopting some of these cats?

    1. Carrie says:

      You can contact Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151 or e-mail at

  3. Astonished says:

    A lot of these people love animals and start out thinking they are “helping.” Clearly this is not the case. I hope they got to the animals in time to save them and find them loving homes.

  4. CatManDuke says:

    maybe it turns out these cats are posessed by the devil and she is doing gods work like in that movie frailty.

    1. Deneice Gregory says:

      Are you for real? If so what a jerk!

  5. LEXUSRY says:


  6. Dana says:

    This is so sad! I really hope a lot of people will be able to adopt these animals and give them the love and care they deserve.

  7. WM Jones says:

    In San Gabriel or Rosemead, this would be considered factory farming.

  8. D says:

    It should have been on an episode of Storage Wars.

    1. Nameless Person says:

      Can’t stop laughin’. Storage Wars. : )

      But seriously… These type of people set out to “do good” but wind up digging a bigger hole for themselves. This lady needs some real help. And if it’s through the court system, well then too bad. She should also repay the courts (taxpayers) for this waste of time and money.

      This is one reason why LA should not raise the amount of pets per household. More pets=more breeding=more cat ladies. Sad all around.

  9. jjulieta says:

    These cats came from somewhere where they were being loved. Sounds like this person inherited these cats and was trying to take care of them for someone? There is another story within this story that will slowly unfold.

  10. moe says:

    Seriously people! It is sad enough that this happened: not just for this lady who intentionaly tried to do the right thing.For the negligent people out there(and you know who you are) that take in a cat, kitten, puppy or whatever the reason and then let it go and the poor helpless animal becomes homeless. If every owner would do the right thing and spay or neuter their pets, we would not have this problem in the first place. Use your brain as a responsible pet owner and spread the word to other people who have pets and are wanting to help control this problem. It is sad for these innocent animals to becoming strays without any food or shelter If. you are a true animal lover, then please tell every pet owner to spay and neuter their pet, it will be a start for this cruel country.

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