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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Police say dozens of cats were taken from a Cedar Rapids mobile home.

Although the exact number of cats has not been released, police told us Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control is shut down for the weekend in order to care for all the cats.

Cedar Rapids public safety officer Greg Buelow told us in addition to closing their doors for the weekend, the shelter had to call in all of their staff and some volunteers to help care for the animals.

Neighbors told us they saw multiple truck loads of cats.

"We came home, here's all the trucks lined up and they're starting to take them out kitten by kitten," said Lynette Brown, neighbor to the mobile home.

Police were in the area for something unrelated, but there was also a complaint about the number of cats living in the mobile home.

When police arrived, the man who lives in the mobile home voluntarily gave up the animals.

Brown told us she received a kitten from the mobile home just a couple days ago.

"All of the sudden she shows up at the door with one of these kittens, and said this one was a runt that didn't seem to have a mother or anything and I just didn't know what to do with it," she said.

So, she took the kitten in.

"It just didn't seem to matter whether we should take it or shouldn't take it, we just took it in so it would have some place to you know call a home and be able to get fed because it would've died," says Brown.

Neighbors on the street also told us the mobile home which housed all the cats, smelled bad.

"Doug, you know he walked by it, he says he could be on the sidewalk and on the drive way and smell it, it was really strong. there was only one fan going in the place and we knew that it didn't have you know air conditioning," said Brown.

"He didn't have the money to fix the air conditioner and neither did the son, so it just didn't get fixed and I thought, oh my god, if it's got a bunch of cats in there it's going to be like, bake oven," she added.

Buelow told us some of the cats were in poor condition, but most of them were alright.

Some of the kittens do have ear mites, which he says can be treated.

Charges have not been pressed because at this point police are unsure if any codes were broken.

We're told it's not about the number of animals, it's about proper care and up-to-date vaccinations.

Police say the situation is still under investigation.

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