PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Rhode Island animal control officers have rescued several cats left without food or water in an abandoned home.

The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says they raided the home Tuesday after receiving a tip.

Officers say the Pawtucket home was left in disrepair, and they struggled to reach the animals. WLNE-TV reports at least eight cats were rescued, but dozens more remain.

RISPCA officials say they will leave humane traps to catch the rest of the cats.

Authorities are searching for the owner who faces animal neglect charges.

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