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12 surviving cats rescued from red-tagged home waiting to be put up for adoption

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Twelve neglected cats are waiting response on feline leukemia tests before being put up for adoption. Twelve neglected cats are waiting response on feline leukemia tests before being put up for adoption.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

A hearing has been postponed for a man facing several charges of animal neglect. This comes after more than 70 cats were removed from his Sioux City home.

Some cats were found dead in the home. The other 69 were taken to Sioux City's Animal Adoption and Rescue Center.

But, center director Cindy Rarrat says because of their poor condition, all but 12 of the animals had to be euthanized.

"Think they're doing what's best for these animals, but none of them had shots, none of them had a worming regiment, none of them had a city license, none of them had anything that we could work with to prevent them from being sick," said Cindy Rarrat, Animal Adoption and Rescue Center Executive Director.

The 12 cats will be tested again for fatal feline leukemia. If the tests come back negative, they could be eligible for adoption. If not, the cats will be taken to a place where they can live out their life.

The cat's owner, 56-year-old Mark Lanning faces 14 counts of animal neglect. A hearing was set for Monday, but has been postponed until November.

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