LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities in Longmont have rescued dozens of sickly animals after two separate raids on the home of an animal hoarder or hoarders in Longmont.

The people who live in the home, located on the 1300 block of Gay Street, could face charges of animal cruelty.

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Nearly 50 cats and dogs were found in the house. Authorities had to make multiple trips to deliver the animals to an area animal shelter, where veterinarians are now trying to save them. Many of the animals were malnourished.

In a 12 page search warrant officers wrote that the smell of poorly-cared-for cats coming from the home was overwhelming.

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Complaints from neighbors led to the investigation. Steve Schwenn, who lives close by, said he didn’t know there were so many animals inside.

“I would look out the window and there would be three or four of them running around out front at night time. It was dark, usually,” Schwenn said. “That’s about all I’ve seen.”

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Police haven’t released the names of the people who live in the house.