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Cats outnumber inmates at Fla. prison about to close

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(CBS/AP) BELLE GLADE, Fla. - Authorities say dozens of cats that snuck into a South Florida prison will get new homes before the facility closes next month.

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As many as 80 cats have burrowed under fences and taken up residence at the state-run prison in Belle Glade. Inmates have been feeding the felines, even though prison rules prohibit that.

The 1,000-inmate prison closes Dec. 1. Officials tell The Palm Beach Post that as of Monday, there are more cats than prisoners at the facility. Just 69 inmates remain awaiting transfers.

Palm Beach County animal control officers are removing the animals so they won't starve when the prison closes. They're offering to waive adoption fees to find them new homes.

However, some of the cats had to be euthanized because they were feral and couldn't be adopted.

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