102 cats seized from Florida woman's home

Diana Lorraine Darnaby arrested after odor prompts complaint

Diana Lorraine Darnaby, of Summerfield.
Diana Lorraine Darnaby, of Summerfield.

SUMMERFIELD, Fla. – More than 100 cats were seized from a Central Florida woman's home, and 60 had to be euthanized, officials said.

Diana Lorraine Darnaby, 62, of Summerfield, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of felony animal cruelty. A total of 102 cats were removed from the home.

Authorities visited the home last week after a neighbor complained about a smell coming from Darnaby's property.

Officials said the surviving cats are ill, but are being treated with antibiotics and vaccines. The county plans to ask a judge for custody of the animals.

Darnaby said she did her best to care for feral cats she claimed the county forced her to keep in the past. Dozens of cats also were removed from Darnaby's property in 2009.