Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Woman Died Amid 130 Cats.

Byline: Donna Redman For the Journal

Valencia 84-Year-Old Found After Odor Reports

Investigators responding to complaints of foul odors at a home near Belen made a grim discovery Friday: the body of an elderly woman and more than 130 cats, most of them dead as well.

County fire officials said they declared the home a hazardous scene because of the risks from bacterial contamination and disease. The floors inside were covered with cat feces.

Authorities said the woman, Kathleen Morgan, 84, appeared to have died of natural causes, perhaps two days earlier. They said she lived alone in the five-room home with the animals.

"She died of heart failure, a natural death," said Tim Stepetic of the Office of the Medical Investigator. …

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