kansas-city-pet-project1KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Animal control officers have been removing nearly 80 cats, and a few dogs, from a Kansas City house.

Several officers worked to remove the animals from the home Wednesday, transferring nearly 50 of them to the KC Pet Project animal shelter.

Shelter spokeswoman Tori Fugate says the cats are being kept together in a temporary space the shelter uses for emergencies. She says the cats appear to be in pretty good shape, but the additions are straining the facility.

City spokesman Chris Hernandez says animal control officials have been to the house 16 times since 2009 for complaints. He says the homeowner had a permit to keep more animals than city ordinances typically allow, but the dozens of animals seized Wednesday exceeded those limits.