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Man arrested after dead cats found in freezer

Florida authorities find more than a dozen dead cats in a freezer. (Source: WTSP/CNN) Florida authorities find more than a dozen dead cats in a freezer. (Source: WTSP/CNN)

TAMPA, FL (WTSP/CNN) – Authorities in Tampa, FL, made a startling discovery during a foreclosure eviction.

Police found 66-year-old James Hopkins living on the property that belonged to someone else.

They also found more than two dozen cats, many sickly, in the house.

Ian Hallett with Hillsborough County Animal Services said more than a dozen felines were found dead.

"My understanding is upon eviction, they found a large number of cats confined as well as deceased cats in a freezer," he said.

Hopkins is charged with one count of animal cruelty and 20 counts of unlawful confinement of an animal.

He's jailed on a $12,000 bond.

Animal services is evaluating the surviving animals.

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