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Deputies: Tampa man had 22 dead cats in freezer

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A Tampa man is facing animal cruelty charges after officials discovered 22 dead cats hidden in the man's freezer.

Hillsborough deputies were attempting to execute a court-ordered eviction notice on James Hopkins, 67, at his Annette Avenue home Thursday morning. Hopkins, who was living with more than 30 cats, went outside and tried to hide the cats in plastic carries on nearby properties.

The animals were lined up in the carriers three to four cats deep on top of each other, they didn't have enough room to breathe, deputies said.

Officials tended to the animals until Animal Control arrived at the scene.

Deputies also found 22 dead cats in Hopkins' freezer, according to the sheriff's office report.

Animal Services took over the animal cruelty investigation case. HCSO deputies continued with the eviction.

Hopkins was arrested on charges of one count of felony animal cruelty and 20 counts of improper confinement.

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