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CONCORD, N.C. – A group of kids in Concord helped out some animals in need. More than 200 cats were seized from a home in Mooresville over the past few days.

It didn't take long for Madeline Seebold to decide on a name for one of the kittens that was seized.

"I'm going to name her Pepper," she said.

The 14-year-old is a part of Camp CARES at Kitty City in Concord. They've been learning about animal hoarding, just as the cats were seized.

"I saw some pictures online. It's just horrible. Thinking about all of these cats, I don't think they deserved this. Seriously, look at this little guy. I mean, he was like walking in his own feces. That's pretty bad," said Seebold.

Patsy Beeker said that the timing of the incident couldn't have worked out better, allowing them to take a negative situation, and turn it into a positive one. The group took in 16 cats and now, their campers will each be assigned one animal to pick a name for, socialize the cat, and market it for adoption.

"I can talk about it all day long, but until they actually see a face with the story and they have ownership of rescuing this animal, they're a part of it, they've named it, they've gotten the fleas off of it, gotten it settled and comfortable and happy, that's when the wheels start turning that I can do something positive," said Patsy Beeker, program director for Kitty City in Concord.

She said that the kids are learning how to be animal advocates.

"I want the kids to learn while they alone might not be able to solve a problem, they can work with a group like ours and make a huge, huge difference," said Beeker.

And as Madeline got to know Pepper, she said it's a great experience.

"Knowing they've been through it and just holding them, you're making a difference. It feels good inside," Seebold said.

And she hopes others will learn responsible pet ownership from it, too.

"I know it's always said, but spay and neuter pets because we don't need another 200 cats in a house," said Seebold.

Kitty City isn't the only organization helping out Iredell County Animal Care and Control with all of the seized animals. A number of area agencies and rescues have also stepped up to help including those in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Orange and Wilkes counties.

If you're interested in adoption, call Iredell County Animal Control and 704-878-5424, or go to www.kittycityconcord.org.

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