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Posted: October 8, 2011 2:10 p.m.

200 cats removed from Newnan home

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) - Authorities in Coweta County say animal control officers had to wear hazmat suits with oxygen tanks as they removed more than 200 cats from squalid conditions in a home.

Coweta County authorities say the Newnan homeowner called for help. About 160 domesticated cats were removed and taken to the county animal shelter for examination. A couple dozen feral cats were also found in the home.

More than 25 dead cats were found in the freezer.

Authorities say homeowner Philip Vardakis and his son, Houston Vardakis, were charged with 75 counts each on three different charges: failure to provide humane treatment to animals, mistreatment of animals, and having no proof of rabies vaccines.

She said Philip Vardakis' wife also will be cited when she is located.

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