A Windsor man caught hoarding more than 150 cats in his downtown apartment has pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty.

Jerry Miernecki, 61, was sentenced to one year probation and banned from owning more than one spay or neutered pet for life, confirmed the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society.

Animal control officers removed the cats from a unit at 920 Ouellette Avenue in December.

Many of the cats had died and were put in a freezer, while other cats were said to have been cannibalizing each other.