A 58-year-old Stockton woman was arrested this month in connection with the animal cruelty of 20 cats, marking the first arrest in custody by the Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit. San Joaquin County, officials said Friday.

Deputies responded to the trailer in the 4200 block of Waller Road on July 6 over reports of extremely foul odors and an excessive number of cats, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside the trailer, deputies said they saw various cats running loose or locked in cages, and cat droppings were everywhere.


All of the rescued cats in the trailer reportedly showed signs of respiratory infection and flea infestation. They are now housed in various shelters across the county.

San Joaquin County Environmental Health also responded to the trailer to ensure ammonia levels were safe for people, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

Waterloo Morada Fire District was called in to help ventilate the property due to the strong smell of cat urine.

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