DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) - The Animal Rescue League of Iowa says they worked through the night to rescue at least 74 cats and kittens from a basement in Des Moines.
In a Facebook post, the organizations says they arrived at a "gruesome" scene.
Teams who led the rescue mission report finding days-old kittens with umbilical cords still attached, two cats with leg deformities likely from inbreeding, many female cats who are likely pregnant and several others with life-threatening medical conditions.
The Rescue League says they're still working to rescue the remaining cats. They say the cats had only been on the property for five days before the rescue.
Almost all of the cats will need some type of medical treatment, including spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and microchips.