GUSTAVUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Playful kittens, some as young as just a few weeks old are among the 31 cats removed by the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County from a home on Barclay North Road in Gustavus Saturday.

“A concerned citizen called in and said that they were concerned about the state of the house and that the residents were overwhelmed,” said Animal Welfare League CEO Lori Shandor.

Shandor said this isn’t the worst case the humane organization has seen, but the living conditions weren’t good and all of the cats are sick.

According to AWL, most of the cats were suffering from upper respiratory infections, with multiple kittens having their eyes completely matted shut.

“They have a lot of crusty eyes, very pink and infected looking eyes so we need to get that under control,” said Shandor.

Shandor said five people, including children, were living at the home.

“You know sometimes these situations, it starts out as good intentions and really does go bad so we’re just thankful that at this point they’re cooperating and working with us to get everything cleaned up,” said Shandor.

AWL is looking for donations to help with these babies’ medical expenses plus fosters to help care for them.

“Monetary donations right now are wonderful because like I said all of these cats are sick and they need medication so we are purchasing a lot of additional medication to make sure we can get all these cats healthy and up for adoption,” said Shandor.

Shandor said donations of kitten chow and litter are always welcome too.

The agency posted photos of the kittens on its Facebook page Tuesday.