POSTED: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 1:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — More than 70 cats living in a small camper in Auburn, Washington were seized Thursday evening by animal authorities.
King County Animal Control services counted 74 cats and one dog inside Jerry Reynolds' camper on the back of his small pick-up truck.
The camper was called into police after a neighbor reported it parked near a medical center.
Reynolds, who said he is a breeder from Moses Lake, said he has been living in the camper for the last five weeks, wanting to be closer to his girlfriend who is in the hospital.
Reynolds said he had no other choice but to take the cats with him in the camper.
"It was better than letting them go," he said.
Reynolds knew the name of almost every cat he handed to animal control authorities.
Each cat was removed placed in carriers to be examined by veterinarians.
It is unknown when or if the cats may be allowed up for adoption.