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New York: 67 dead cats found in woman's freezer

The 67 dead cats were found in plastic bags in the freezer of the New York state home, while 99 living cats were stacked in crates.
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Authorities in New York state found 67 dead cats stored in the freezer and 99 living cats stacked in crates in the squalid home of a woman. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

A hair-raising discovery in New York state, where 67 dead cats and 99 living cats were found in a squalid home in Albany.

The animals were removed from the home of Irene Vandyke this week, the Albany Times Union reported.

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According to police, the dead cats were packed in plastic bags in the freezer.

The living cats squatted in crates stacked floor to ceiling, The Associated Press reported.

Authorities made the grisly find after a neighbor called to complain about an overpowering odor of cat urine and feces, according to the Times Union.

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Charges are being weighed against, Vandyke.

Authorities say they suspect she is a compulsive hoarder, which is defined as the excessive collection of items along with the inability to discard them.

It can be a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to Mayo Clinic.