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Swedish family lived with 191 cats

AFP · 20 Jul 2010, 14:50

Published: 20 Jul 2010 14:50 GMT+02:00

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Stockholm's social services, who had been alerted to the case, said the home in Botkyrka was in an appalling condition, with cats everywhere, including on tables, countertops and window ledges, sick or hurt animals, and overflowing cat litter boxes.

"There was an incredible stench of ammonia that made the air hardly breathable," Marie Lundin, a Stockholm social services veterinarian, told the newspaper.

Many of the animals were sick or injured and 173 had to be put down at the house.

The remaining 18 cats were entrusted to animal shelters.

Under Swedish law a family can have a maximum of nine cats.

Social services representative Karina Burlin told the paper the family meant well.

"Such people really love animals and have good hearts. They think they can take care of them, but we don't agree," she said.

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Aftonbladet listed other cases in which social services had to intervene at the homes of over-enthusiastic animal owners.

A woman was for example discovered in 2007 living with 11 swans in a one-room apartment in Stockholm, and a man lived with 21 dogs in a three-room flat in Gaevle, central Sweden.

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Your comments about this article

17:08 July 20, 2010 by engagebrain
'Under Swedish law a family can have a maximum of nine cats'

Why 9, rather than 7 or 11 ?.

I would love to see the deliberations behind this bit of legislation.
18:08 July 20, 2010 by silly t
this weird!!!!!!! total rubbish ... 9 cats???
18:13 July 20, 2010 by Rahelli
wow i love cats too
18:34 July 20, 2010 by eddie123
wow! wow!! wow!!!
19:59 July 20, 2010 by Swedesmith
I love cats, they taste like chicken.
20:32 July 20, 2010 by honorable
If you lose your cat, before advertising your loss, consider this:

"cats are cheap; printer ink is expensive"
21:55 July 20, 2010 by DAVID T
I hate cats
22:46 July 20, 2010 by Amber Dawn
They had to kill 173 of them?! Good lord.
23:59 July 20, 2010 by roodkapje
Yippie, I can get another 3!
13:10 July 21, 2010 by Syftfel
For somebody with a cat allergy, what a nightmare!
13:23 July 21, 2010 by LeoKinmann
cos a cat has 9 lives? that's why you can own up to 9 cats. i can get another one! lol jus kiddin.
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