Clayton County Animal Control is working to rescue cats left locked in a home after the owners were evicted.Officers said it is an extremely difficult rescue because conditions are so bad, it’s not safe to go inside the home on Shadow Creek Avenue in Hampton.Tuesday, yellow tape blocked the entrance to the home and garbage could be seen spilling out of the garage. Animal control officers set traps throughout the home and reported they will be out over the next few days to make sure they get all the cats that were left behind. They can’t go inside and check the traps without special protection, hazmat suits and oxygen tanks, because the smell is so powerful.Three kittens are the lucky ones rescued Tuesday morning. Others in their litter did not survive. Animal Control reported they removed cat carcasses from the home but would not say exactly how many.“At this point I am not ready to release that number because it is still obviously an active investigation,” Captain Anthony Thuman, Commander of Clayton County Animal Control told CBS46’s Kim Passoth.Animal control estimates about 20 cats were locked in the home but they don’t for how long. They stated the cats were left with no food and were eating from the garbage.The people who left the cats for dead could face criminal charges. Animal control contended it should never come to this. They said there is always help if you can’t care for an animal.“We ask that if you can’t take care of your pets, that you contact your local animal control facility the pets don’t have a choice in taking care of themselves,” said Thuman.The kittens should be ready for adoption in about 6 weeks. If you are interesting in adoption contact Clayton County Animal Control.Copyright 2016 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.