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Hoarder Found Dead Among Dozens Of Cats With A Kitten On Her Lap

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The body of an elderly woman, who had hoarded so much trash in her three homes that she slept in a pickup truck, was found dead on her porch, holding a kitten in a carrier on her lap.

The woman, who was a retired school teacher in her 70s, was spotted on the porch of her home in the 1400 block of South Rosewood Avenue in Santa Ana by her gardener. She is believed to have died of natural causes, City News Service reports.

The foliage around the house was overgrown, but concealed two cars, about 40 cats, two dogs and mountains of debris and garbage. Captain Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department said it took the crews three hours just to clear a path and remove her body.

The woman had two other homes, both on Myrtle Street, in similar conditions, but her Rosewood Avenue home was the worst of the three, L.A. Times reports. The Rosewood Avenue home is where she parked the truck in which she slept.

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No animals were found at the two other homes, but neighbors said they had seen her putting out cat food before. The two dogs from the Rosewood Avenue property have been taken to shelters, but because the cats are feral, Animal Control will have to catch them before they turn them over to OC Animal Care.

A woman in 2010 was found to be keeping 240 cats in a storage structure, and earlier this year, police found 400 snakes in an elementary school teacher's house.