WAIMANALO (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaiian Humane Society confiscated 13 cats from a Waimanalo man Tuesday.
They say the animals were "clearly suffering."
Animal control officers brought the felines to their Waialae facility for emergency care Tuesday afternoon.
The Humane Society says it had been working with the animals' owner for months to better care for the cats, but finally took them away as a last resort.
The owner, whose name was not released, received 13 citations for animal cruelty.
The Humane Society expects a judge will decide who gets to keep the cats.
The man still has about 40 other healthy cats at his property.
The Humane Society released this statement:
In this case, the Waimanalo owners were well-meaning and expressed love for their animals.
We would only take animals away from a family as a very last resort – when education fails. We gave them ample opportunity to improve the standards of care but in this case upon today's inspection, these cats were suffering and needed immediate medical attention.
We will be assessing each cat individually, treating and rehabilitating them. These animals are now part of a cruelty case and it will be up to the courts to decide their future. In the meanwhile, they are going to get the health care and TLC they deserve and desperately need.