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AZ cat rescue volunteer jailed on animal abuse charges

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Cat rescue volunteer Sharon Weber was arrested. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Cat rescue volunteer Sharon Weber was arrested. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Weber had been warned twice to reduce the number of cats in her home. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Weber had been warned twice to reduce the number of cats in her home. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
A MCSO investigator said there was 2 feet of feces in the home. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) A MCSO investigator said there was 2 feet of feces in the home. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
She was jailed on 18 counts of animal cruelty. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) She was jailed on 18 counts of animal cruelty. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
MCSO received two anonymous tips about possible animal hoarding at the home.  (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) MCSO received two anonymous tips about possible animal hoarding at the home. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ (CBS5) -

A cat rescue volunteer was booked into jail Tuesday on 18 counts of animal cruelty after sheriff's deputies found at least 50 cats inside her million-dollar home in Fountain Hills.

Sharon Weber, 55, was taken into custody after sheriff's authorities received two anonymous tips about possible animal hoarding at the home in the 15000 block of East Sage Drive.

Sheriff's deputies said they had warned Weber on two previous occasions to reduce the number of cats in her home.

When they went to check on the home on Tuesday, they found Weber and asked for her permission to see the condition of her cats.

A 15-year career animal crimes deputy, Dave Evans, who has investigated numerous homicides and meth labs, stressed what he saw and smelled there was unlike anything he has ever encountered, MCSO said.

"The stench from the cat urine and feces was so unbearable, we considered calling a hazmat team to clear the area," Evans said. "It was far worse than any homicide scene I've investigated."

Evans said when he and other investigators walked through the house, "we were walking through literally 2 feet of feces."

The sheriff's office didn't provide any detail in their news release about the current conditions of the cats.

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