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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012 2:09 pm | Updated: 10:35 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Animal control officials in Ketchikan found 53 cats, including one dead feline, in a woman's car as they met her at the ferry dock.

KRBD reports ( officials in Metlakatla tipped off the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Animal Protection Department about the woman and a large number of cats who had been escorted off Annette Island.

Ketchikan officials obtained a warrant and met her when the ferry Lituya arrived. A few of the cats escaped after biting and clawing animal control officers.

Animal Protection Director Kelly Ludwig-Johnson says several cats were pregnant, and have since given birth. The new mothers seem like nice cats, as do a few others.

But a majority are feral, and Ludwig-Johnson says they likely will be euthanized.

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