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Renter leaves 12 cats behind to fend for themselves

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

A dozen cats locked up inside an abandoned and hot Tempe apartment, left in horrendous conditions. And not all of them survived those conditions.

The cats were discovered on August 2 when the apartment managers went to serve an eviction notice. The cats' owners took off and haven't been found since.

Now the cats are being cared for by kindhearted neighbors.

This is one of 12 cats left in triple digit heat with no water and no food in a condo covered in feces. These are photos from inside the home.

"When the apartment manager went into the apartment that's when they found everything. The cats, there was fur everywhere, there was dead cats, there was feces, urine everywhere. It was probably one of the worst animal cruelty cases, in my opinion it was definitely intentional by the people that were living there," says Amanda Taylor, a neighbor.

Right away neighbor Amanda Taylor began nursing the cats back to health, but one of the kittens didn't survive. She went inside the apartment, and based on what she saw, she believes the cats were being starved and tortured.

"I'll never forget what I saw in that apartment that day, it was disgusting."

She says the cats are sweet and they're warming up to her, but it appears they have reasons not to trust humans.

"When you even reach out to touch them, they're so terrified of people they start shaking, their eyes get really big."

Initially the Arizona Humane Society was working with the Tempe Police department, but no organizations would take the animals, Amanda was told, because the police investigation is ongoing.

As they continue to search for the cat owners...

"Nobody in the community has the heart to see them go through a situation like that and go to a cage and ultimately be euthanized, if no one picks them up. They've been through horrible horrible things I just hope they can know what its like to be loved, what it's like to be a normal pet, I hope that for them."

The Arizona Humane Society told me that Tempe is outside of their jurisdiction. Maricopa County Care and Control says they were never contacted.

The adult cats are ready for homes -- if you can help email Amanda at actaylor87@gmail.com

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