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Rescue groups team up to help cats from animal cruelty case

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Volunteers haul in supplies at temporary cat shelter. (July 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) Volunteers haul in supplies at temporary cat shelter. (July 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Volunteers clean ahead of cats' arrival. (July 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) Volunteers clean ahead of cats' arrival. (July 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
MAULDIN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two cat rescue groups have teamed up to help give a second chance to cats at the Anderson County P.A.W.S. shelter.

Diana Riglet said her organization, Foster Paws, and the Kitten Action Team will be taking 30 cats that were seized in a recent police investigation and sent to P.A.W.S. They will provide a temporary home for the animals while the groups work to get them adopted.

Riglet said the animals once belonged to Julianne Westberry.

Westberry is out of jail on bond on charges of ill treatment of animals. Belton police arrested Westberry after they said they found dozens of dead and sick cats inside her rental home on Anderson Street back in June.

Officials at P.A.W.S. said law enforcement placed more cats connected to the Westberry case in their care on July 2.

Riglet said volunteers will pick up the cats from P.A.W.S. on Monday afternoon and take them to a building on East Butler Road in Mauldin that has been donated as housing space for the cats and work space for caretakers with the animal groups.

Property owners are allowing the rescue groups to use the space for up to six weeks as they find permanent homes for the cats.

Riglet said the facility still needs some supplies. Anyone interested in donating can view the group's Amazon.com wish list under "Anderson Feline Survivors."

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