Fort Worth code compliance officers found hundreds of cats, some wrapped wrapped in foil and stored in a freezer, in a home on the east side.
Angie Chambers lived in the house in the 6100 block of Craig Street for more than 10 years and often rescued cats from the neighborhood.
Fort Worth Animal Control took 50 to 80 live cats from the home, and another 50 to 100 dead cats from a freezer.
Chambers said the animals were all wrapped in bags waiting to be cremated, but she couldn't afford the $100 fee for each cremation because she is on Social Security disability.
Neighbors said they believe Chambers was just trying to do a good deed and got overwhelmed. Monte Seese said it wasn't Chambers' fault that people dropped off animals at her house.
"She's just the type of person that's going to take of animals," Seese said.
The surviving animals were taken to the city's shelter. A hearing next week will determine where the cats will end up.