Images: 127 Cats, Mostly Black, Squeezed into Lakeside Apartment

Animal Services rescued a seemingly endless number of cats at an apartment in Lakeside on Thursday Nov. 2. Initial reports estimated about 70 cats were inside. Since then, the number of cats rescued has risen to 127.

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A seemingly endless number of black cats were discovered during a welfare check at a Lakeside apartment.
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Initial reports indicated that 70 cats were found. But as more crept out from behind shelves and couches, the number eventually grew to 127. The vast majority had black fur.
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One of the owners said they tried to give the cats away but discovered that nobody wants black cats.
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A concerned neighbor who reported the incident said the scent of cat ammonia was "indescribable." He worried large quantities of the gas emitted by cat urine could pose a risk to infants in the community.
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A brown striped cat and a black cat can be seen huddled together in a kennel, peering out with bright green eyes.
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Animal services could be seen carrying boxes of cats from the apartment complex throughout the day.
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This spry little guy gazes up someone's leg with glowing gold eyes.
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The shadowy silhouette of a cat could be seen slinking past the apartment's window frame.
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"We tried to give them away," Grant Israel said, who lived in the apartment with his family. "We gave away 15 cats, but we tried, and nobody wants black cats.”
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Most of the cats are already neutered and spayed. They looked relatively healthy, despite overcrowding in the apartment, deputies said.
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Animal Services officials said most of the cats will be put up for adoption in local shelters after they undergo medical inspections.
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