HERE, KITTIES (LOTS OF 'EM); Glynn Officers Begin Roundup of 200 Felines CATS LIVED WITH 74-YEAR-OLD WOMAN She Is Undergoing a Mental Health Evaluation under Supervision by the State

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Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI

BRUNSWICK -- Glynn County Animal Services officers began Thursday to round up what may be as many as 200 cats from the home of an elderly woman in the protective care of state social workers.

Except for the cats, the 74-year-old woman lived alone in the small weather-beaten house amid woods in the Brookman community.

No charges have been filed against the woman, who is cooperating with county police and animal services officers, police investigator Brian Scott said.

"We are doing this for the well-being of this lady and in the best interest of these animals," Scott said.

The woman is undergoing a mental health evaluation and is under the supervision of state Adult Protective Services social workers.

The woman has voluntarily surrendered the cats to Animal Services, which began collecting them about 2:30 p.m. An hour later, officers had managed to collect about 25.

"This is just the tip of the iceberg. We haven't even begun to make a dent yet," Marcia Stewart, animal services director, said during a brief break in the roundup.

Stewart said the woman told them that she had about 50 cats. However, social workers and others estimated there may be as many as 200 in the home, she said.

"The lady got into a situation where the number of animals just got out of control and overwhelmed her, affecting her living conditions and her health," Stewart said.

"We are assisting Adult Protective Services to get her in a clean and safe environment by taking in these animals," Stewart said. …