Authorities rescued some 40 cats from an Alpharetta home that reportedly contained feces up to six inches deep and animals living in the walls.
A woman contacted Fulton County Animal Services to say she couldn't care for the cats her deceased mother left behind at the Rucker Road home, CBS Atlanta reports.
Workers and volunteers wearing HAZMAT gear reported finding cats throughout the house, including in between the walls, and spent Monday and Tuesday loading up the animals to be taken to a veterinarian for assessment and treatment, according to WSB-TV.
While they were initially under the impression the homeowner had died a month earlier, the mother died last year in June and the daughter had been feeding the felines, according to a neighbor, WSB-TV reports.
Authorities Monday captured about 30 cats and returned Tuesday to take nearly 20 more, but some remained hidden in the house, according to CBS.