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Animal control officers wore hazardous materials suits when they entered Kathleen Matczak's Scotland Road home to remove 42 mostly feral cats from inside the residence on May 17. Animal control officers wore hazardous materials suits when they entered Kathleen Matczak's Scotland Road home to remove 42 mostly feral cats from inside the residence on May 17.
BLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A Bloomfield woman accused of hoarding more than three dozen cats is now facing animal cruelty charges, while many of the animals she kept are up for adoption.

Animal control officers wore hazardous materials suits when they entered Kathleen Matczak's Scotland Road home to remove 42 mostly feral cats from inside the residence on May 17.

Several of 42 cats found in the home last month had to be euthanized for medical reasons, but a dozen plus are now up for adoption.

Matczak was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after animal control officers said this incident was a case of hoarding.

"I think the distinction for people to make is that hoarding isn't about a TV show," said Chris Sparks, who is senior animal control officer for Bloomfield. "It's about animals that are suffering. It's a terrible situation where the hoarder doesn't recognize the animals are even suffering anymore."

Because the cats were feral, Sparks said the animals were totally unsociable to humans, however, many neighbors said they were sympathetic to the situation.

"I just feel really bad for her, because I think she's a caring and responsible person who's doing the best that she can and she never met a cat she didn't like," neighbor Ben Harris previously told Eyewitness News.

Per court order, Matczak cannot keep any of the cats and she can't return to the home because it has been ruled uninhabitable.

"These animals are suffering," Sparks said. "They got my help in removing them from the home, and assuring they won't ever return to it. But they need the help of people to make them whole again."

If you want to adopt any of these cats you can call Bloomfield Animal Control at 860-242-5501 extension 5450, or email animalcontrol@bloomfieldpolice.org

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