(WMC) - Dozens of cats were discovered Friday in what used to be a Mid-South market. This comes after complaints led police and animal control to what they call one of the worst raids they've ever seen.
The cats were found in what used to be a food market in Mason, Tenn.
Tipton County animal control and Mason police raided the property because it had been deemed a nuisance.
People wondered about the stench, and why they were seeing so many cats in the windows.
"I've been in animal control for almost eight years. This is the worst," said Terry Pool, Tipton County Animal Control.
Investigators had to break the glass from the front door to get inside.
"People driving by see the cats wonder why they were roaming in the window," said Mason Police Chief Jim Paris.
A small air conditioner was placed in the former store so it is not as hot and now, there is plenty of food and water.
Charlotte Creasy says she was running animal rescue in the building. She also says drives from Memphis to Mason two times a day to care for the cats. Investigators are not sure they believe her story.
"They're all spayed and neutered, all have their shots," according to Charlotte Creasy.
She says she has two veterinarians she uses. But, many of the cats appear to have eye and respiratory problems and some of them are very thin.
Creasy is a retired Memphis police officer. Several years ago, federal agents raided her Memphis driver's license testing business, Memphis Driving Challenge. She was convicted and sentenced for providing fake driving certificates to illegal immigrants.