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BERWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An animal shelter has been inundated with cats, after they were seized from a home.

Police responded to an animal complaint at an apartment in downtown Berwick early Saturday morning, and found nearly forty cats living there. The owner was arrested on an outstanding warrant, and the cats were taken to the Berwick Animal Shelter.

The large number of animals has put a strain on the small shelter, which does not receive funding from the town to care for stray cats. But the community is stepping up to help shoulder the burden.

"We actually came down with our checkbooks, but now we left a check and are actually going home with a kitty too" Berwick resident Anita Brown said.

The community has donated more than two hundred pounds of food and four hundred pounds of cat litter, but the shelter will need more to care for the animals. IF you would like to donate, checks can be made out to the Berwick Animal Shelter, 63 Blackberry Hill Road, Berwick, ME 03901. You can also help cover the cost of getting the cats spayed and neutered by sending a check to the Lucky Pet Animal Hospital and asking that the donation be applied to the Berwick Animal Shelter's account. Their address is 21 Commercial Dr. Berwick, ME 03901.

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