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More than 50 cats removed from Monroe hoarder home now in custody of humane society

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MONROE (WKOW) --  A judge agreed Friday to a Monroe woman's transfer of more than fifty cats to a humane society, with the city providing $10,000 to cover the cost of care. Monroe Assistant City Attorney Craig Nolen says the city will require 78-year-old Delores Marti to repay the city.

Marti attended Friday's court hearing on the disposition of the seized cats.  Authorities say an odor complaint led firefighters to remove 51 cats from Marti's 19th Street residence Monday, and discover five dead cats. On Thursday, authorities put on haz-mat gear and went back in to search the home. They say they found 35 dead kittens and six dead adult cats in a freezer, as well as a dead cat in the garage. They also found two more living cats.

Nolen says criminal charges to include mistreatment of animals against Marti are being considered by Green County District Attorney Gary Luhman.  Marti already faces municipal citations.

Marti's home has been marked as condemned.  As with two previous homes Marti owned in Monroe, city officials have required the demolition of the home as a result of the damage from cat hoarding, unless sufficient repairs are done.  A city official says repairs to avoid demolition of the 19th Street home will cost $60,000.

Nolen says the seized cats at the Green County Humane Society are available for adoption, with a humane society official saying several cats may be missing from other households.  She says they are making attempts to unite these cats with their rightful owners.

Marti was cited in both 2012 and 2013 for having an excess of animals.

Marti declined comment Friday after the court hearing.  She previously told 27 News her motive in having the cats was to care for them.

Neighbor Angela Voigt says she hopes Marti receives mental health treatment.  "I still love her, " Voigt says.  "But this sickens me."

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