LANSING TWP. (WWJ/AP) – Authorities have removed dozens of living and dead cats from a Lansing-area home as part of an animal cruelty investigation.

Ingham County Animal Control Director Andrew Seltz tells the Lansing State Journal that most of the cats were still alive after being removed on Wednesday from the home in Lansing Township, but some might need to be euthanized. The cats are being examined.

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More than 121 cats were found — 22 of which were dead, according to WILX-TV.

Animal control officers went to the home after getting a complaint about possible animal cruelty. Reports say a horrid smell emanating from the house is what led neighbors to complain.

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Local police and firefighters assisted. Officers with oxygen masks and plastic coveralls spent hours removing cats from the house and loading them into trucks.

A woman was taken from the home in handcuffs. No charges have been announced in the case.

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