UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police said a woman has been charged for housing 100 cats and three ferrets in deplorable conditions at her Long Island home.

Betty Bjorkman was charged with animal cruelty.

Her attorney, Kenneth Beal, denied the charges saying that Bjorkman, 56, cared for the animals and treated them properly.

Police found the animals in her second-floor, two-bedroom apartment. Glen Cove Detective Joe Graziosi described it as unfit for humans or animals.

He said it needed to be condemned and gutted.

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