Guilty Pleas In Cat Hoarding Case file photo.

Two Londoners have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with what the London Humane Society calls a “horrific” case of animal hoarding.

Edward and Sandra Mantz were charged after officials with the Humane Society seized 31 cats from a London home in June.

Many of the cats were pregnant.

The couple has agreed to a 15-year ban on owning or having custody, care, or control of any domestic animal.

“When we’re looking at hoarding cases, the numbers are often much higher than they initially appear as the animals usually aren’t spayed or neutered,” says Judy Foster, executive director of the London Humane Society. “Owning an animal requires adequate food, water, shelter and veterinary care, and all of these cats were deprived of those needs.”