Cats rescued

Investigators with the SPCA rescued 125 cats from a Dartmouth home. (Jo-Anne Landsburg/SPCA)

Three people have pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty after Nova Scotia SPCA investigators seized 125 cats from a house in Dartmouth earlier this year.

Each person is barred from owning animals for 10 years, the Nova Scotia SPCA said Thursday.

In late March, the SPCA seized 125 cats from a house in Dartmouth. Two kittens were born en route to the shelter for a total of 127 animals.

Three people were charged with animal cruelty offences under the Animal Protection Act on April 3.

The act covers offences such as confining an animal to an enclosure or area with inadequate space, unsanitary conditions, inadequate ventilation or without providing an opportunity for exercise so as to significantly impair the animal's health or well-being.

The rescue was one of the Nova Scotia SPCA's largest seizures in years and the organization estimated it cost $15,000 to take the cats in.

Several cats remain in the care of the SPCA.