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Kansas City woman arrested in fourth case of cat hoarding

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 | 7:50 a.m. CDT; updated 9:34 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City woman with a history of hoarding animals has been arrested again.

Police say Delores Metcalf faces 32 new municipal charges, including living in an unsafe dwelling, abuse and neglect. It's the fourth time she has been arrested for hoarding.

The city removed 14 cats and a dog from Metcalf's home Monday. Police said most of the animals are in fair condition, although one dead dog was found at the house. Authorities had previously condemned Metcalf's home.

Tori Fugate, marketing manager for the Kansas City Pet Project animal shelter, estimated Metcalf has taken care of at least 600 cats in recent years.

Kansas City code allows residents to have up to four dogs, cats or ferrets in their homes.


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