WEB EX: Woman arrested after 202 animals seized from home
Angie Funderburk (Iredell County Jail)
MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - It was a discovery Iredell County Animal Control officers will never forget. They received a tip Angie Funderburk of Mooresville was hoarding animals.
Agents got a search warrant and found 198 cats and three dogs living in one home.
"Some have ringworm," Iredell County Animal Shelter Director Chris Royal said. "The smell of ammonia would knock you over. Officers had to keep coming out every 10 minutes while we were trying to catch the cats, just to get a breath of fresh air because the ammonia was burning our lungs and noses."
On Monday, Funderburk was arrested and charged with one count of felony animal cruelty and two misdemeanors, failur to vaccinate against rabies and instigating animal cruelty.
Four more cats were seized on Monday when deputies went to the home to arrest Funderburk, bringing the total from 198 to 202 animals seized.
"Just like any other hoarder," Royal said. "She says the animals were fine. She took care of her animals, that's what they all say. It's sad."
Neighbors say they were shocked at the news.
"198," Neighbor Shenee Wasmund said. "Oh my God, that's a lot of cats. That's crazy."
15 of the 198 cats will be put down. The county animal shelter has reached out to animal rescue shelters looking for some to take the cats, but those shelters are full.
Funderburk is used to animal control coming to her house. They came in May. They found 23 cats and the house was clean. Months later conditions got bad.
"This just goes to show you," Royal said. "If they would have their cat spayed or neutered, they would not have had the problem they have - 198, that is a lot of animals."