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Cats removed from home

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- NBC Right Now caught up with a Richland woman whose home was taken over by cats.

Animal control officers arrived at Gwen Carlson's home and took over 50 cats away.
Carlson says she has a big heart and just wanted to help, but over three years, things got out of control with more people dropping off cats.

"Because of the recession, people are not able to take care of their animals and they hear about us and know there are a couple of us in the neighborhood that an animal lovers and I think they came up and just drop them off," explains Carlson.

Tri-Cities Animal Control Shelter Director Angela Zilar says this is a problem she has seen before, "this is a typical, and I hate to say this, a hoarding situation where they think they can do it, they think they can handle it."

Animal control officers removed the majority of the felines from the house ...  but say there's still more inside.
The cats are being held in a private shelter and then will be put up for adoption.