The shelter, she said, will be seeking donations of cat food and other supplies to help the staff deal with sudden surge in the number of animals at the facility.
Desmond said his investigators will consult with District Attorney James Sacket on the possible charges that could be brought in the case.
The woman’s house has been condemned by the local code enforcement officer, he said, and she is now staying with relatives.
Her involvement with cats, Desmond said, began 2½ years ago when a friend left a pregnant cat at her home.
“She couldn’t bring herself to get rid of it, and it just kept going from there,” he said. “She became overwhelmed with it.”