Animal rescue officials removed 16 cats from a home in White Bluff last week after they were found to be living in poor conditions and suffering from a variety of illnesses. Dickson County Animal Control called in the Humane Society of the United States and Happy Tales Humane of Franklin to seize the cats after the elderly owner determined she could no longer care for them, according to a statement from Leighann McCollum, Tennessee state director for the HSUS. Conditions in the home had deteriorated so severely that the animals’ health was compromised – with the cats suffering from various skin and respiratory infections, according to the statement. Officials said the woman, who was not identified or charged, had sought help from various organizations before surrendering the cats to animal control. “It is very difficult and sad to see how bad the living conditions were for these animals,” McCollum said in the statement. “The owner of these cats did the right thing by surrendering them to the county and allowing us to help find them new homes,” said Debbi Cure, executive director for Happy Tales Humane, where the cats were taken for medical treatment and assessment for viability for adoption. Anyone who suspects animals are being mistreated can call Dickson County Animal Control at 441-4651, City of Dickson Animal Control at 441-9591 or the Humane Society of Dickson County at 446-7387.