Cat hoarding is already known as a serious problem in the U.S. but exactly how many cats is too many to be holding in ones home? The answer for Diane Carle is 137. Yes, 137 cats. It’s one thing to take care of cats. It’s another to house so many that you’re contributing absolutely nothing to a cat’s well being. In fact you’re doing the opposite. The 64 year old woman was charged with 103 counts of felony cruelty after a raid on her home found 137 living cats and 6 dead felines.
Though Carle was known for her feline infatuation, authorities reportedly did not expect to find as many as they did. A dog, a box turtle and a pigeon were also seized. What’s worse is that all but one of the cats had to be euthanized because of how bad a shape they were in.
Carle explained that she did not keep track of the number of cats she was housing. “I had no idea I had so many cats,” Carle told the New Times Broward Palm Beach newspaper in January. “I probably didn’t want to have so many cats. But I was caught up with everyday life and it just happened.”
Just happened? Three cats? OK. Over 100? That doesn’t just happen Diane. Carle will appear in court again this month and is currently being held on over $300K bond.