Sgt. Pete Dugan, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said 82-year-old Charles Helms and his son, 56-year-old David Helms, were arrested on four counts of animal abuse and additional charges are pending.
Dugan said the home, near South Pantano Road and East Kenyon Drive, has been condemned.
The Pima Animal Care Center rescued the more than 50 live cats from a hoarding situation, according to a recent Pima County release.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, PACC rescued 57 cats and kittens from a small mobile home on the northwest side. Dozens of the cats rescued then are already up for adoption.
PACC crews also reported conditions inside the east side home were deplorable, and other agencies responded to the scene to address additional safety concerns.
Due to the large number of cats rescued, PACC has had to reach out to additional shelters to find homes for the first group of cats. Both SAFE and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona have said they will take several of the cats, in order to provide space for the new arrivals.
A neighbor says they've been busted hoarding animals before.
(Tucson News Now - Feb 4, 2017)