BROOKSVILLE - Investigating a complaint of mistreated animals, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office searched a home at 12102 Peaceful Avenue on Friday.
Animal Services Officers reported finding 11 living cats and one dead cat living in deplorable conditions, with full litter boxes and animal feces throughout the Brooksville home.
The homeowner, Joann Mercer, told law enforcement officials she had been living at another location since June, and a friend was taking care of the animals.
The living cats, who were flea infested but otherwise in good health, were taken to Hernando County Animal Services.
No arrests had been made.