TIVERTON (WBSM) — Dozens of cats have been rescued in a home in Tiverton following investigation of unsafe conditions.

On July 9, the Tiverton Animal Control Officer and Tiverton Police responded to 51 Adams Street for a report of five litters of kittens and several adult cats living inside the home.

Upon further investigation, the ACO found five adult cats and 16 kittens inside the home, which led officers to believe adult cats also ran from the home.

WBSM-AM/AM 1420 logo
Get our free mobile app

Officers reported the inside of the home to be unsanitary and unsafe. The Tiverton Code Enforcement Officer also determined that the house was uninhabitable.

According to Code Enforcement, the residents were ordered to vacate the home until the code violations were corrected.

The Tiverton ACO, with assistance from the Portsmouth ACO and the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, successfully removed the cats from the home.

They have since been transported to the facility.

Officials say that foster care homes will be needed for the cats. They will receive about six weeks of treatment before they are ready for adoption.

The case remains under investigation by the Tiverton Animal Control Officer.

Do It For the Animals: Here's How to Help Forever Paws Animal Shelter in Fall River

Volunteers are the heartbeat of Forever Paws and support from the community is crucial. Can't volunteer? Don't worry, here are a few other ways you can help.

Gallery Credit: Maddie Levine

25 SouthCoast Cats Living Their Best Life at Their Forever Homes

Any cat owner will tell you that cats own you and not the other way around. But when they are this cute, we're not even mad about it. These furry felines may have started in shelters, but now they have a place to call home. Which kitty is your favorite?

Gallery Credit: Maddie Levine

More From WBSM-AM/AM 1420