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Woman who ate pet cats discovered with 64 more animals

Lucienne Touboul Lucienne Touboul
WITTMANN, Ariz. -

An Arizona senior citizen is under investigation for a second time after authorities discovered 64 cats in her home -- two years after she was found to be freezing and eating the animals.

Sheriffs found the animals at Lucienne Touboul's home in Wittmann on Wednesday. Most of the animals were alive, myFOXphoenix.com reported.

In 2010, a similar raid found 90 cats in the woman's home -- all of which had to be put down because of leukaemia and other illnesses.

At the time, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said the 82-year-old woman admitted to raising the cats, freezing them and then eating them.

Sgt. Brandon Jones said, "With nine frozen cats in the freezer [in 2010] we are pretty confident she meant those statements."

No cats were found in the freezer Wednesday.

Many of the animals had severe infections, and the owner was trying to give them medical care on her own. Deputies found expired medicine in the fridge and old used syringes.

Humane Society veterinarian Nancy Bradley said, "It is just too many. Too many for an elderly person to care for, let alone care for themselves. This is just not the proper care for these animals. The cats pay the price. I don't want this woman to go to jail but she needs to not be allowed to have animals and she needs to get help."

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