The Humane Society of Washington County Tuesday trapped nearly 50 cats to take them to a veterinarian for evaluation after the agency received a telephone complaint about their condition.
The number of corralled cats was put at 47 at 3 p.m., five hours after humane society workers began trapping the felines at the home of Leslie Sovocol, 609 Weverton Road, according to Katherine Cooker, the society's manager of development and community relations.
The society went to the mobile home in response to a call from a concerned citizen, Cooker said.
"They keep coming out from under the trailer," Cooker said as the effort was under way.
Sovocol said people bring him cats, and he picks up strays and tries to give them to people who will care for them as pets.
"I'm not a dishonest person," he said. "I don't want this many cats. I put them in the paper.
"This is a very unsettling situation for me," Sovocol said. "I take care of these kittens and give them away."
He said all of the cats were healthy.
"It's under investigation as to the condition the cats were living in," Cooker said. After being evaluated by a veterinarian, the animals will be taken to the humane society's shelter at 13011 Maugansville Road, she said.
Such a large number of cats at one location is relatively unusual, but the humane society often sees a jump in its cat population in the summer, she said.
"We get lots of cats this time of year because of all the litters" from cats whose owners did not have them spayed or neutered, she said.