BROOKLYN - Police say a married couple from Williamsburg are the first New Yorkers to be charged under the state's new animal hoarding law.

Michael Fiore, 51, and his wife Hazel, 57, were hoarding nearly 100 cats at their Metropolitan Avenue loft, investigators say.

Police say the loft was extremely hot and was crammed with empty bottles, cat food cans, debris, feces and cat carcasses.

Rescuers say some of the kittens found alive were blind or had trouble breathing. Many of them had to be euthanized.

Officials say Michael Fiore was charged with felony animal cruelty, while Hazel was charged with a misdemeanor. The couple is due back in court in March.