updated 10/30/2011 12:52:47 PM ET 2011-10-30T16:52:47

A raid on a Reidsville woman's home that led to the removal of more than 150 cats has sparked calls for changes to state law that would make so-called animal hoarders less common.

The News and Record of Greensboro reports that authorities removed the felines from Carolyn Johnson's home after receiving complaints. The Rockingham County Animal Shelter says many of the animals were sick and had to be euthanized.

Johnson says the animals were being treated well, and that she was trying to save them from being put to sleep in shelters.

Four years ago, more than 100 cats were taken from Johnson's home under similar circumstances.

Kimberly Alboum of the state Humane Society says spay and neuter programs need to be enhanced to make such situations less common.

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Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com

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