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.

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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.

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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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