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Several animals rescued from "filthy" hoarding situation

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Ten animals were taken out of a Clay Township home Monday.  The St. Joe County Humane Society said there are still at least ten more to rescue.

They said the conditions inside were "filthy."  Chief Humane Officer Sarah Luthringer said, "the floor was covered in about {this much} of sludge between feces and urine and other things."

Luthringer said police were called to the home for a welfare check. When they got there, "they called saying they saw at least six cats looking at them and a dog."  So the Humane Society went to the house to get the animals.  Luthringer said, "the dog had very long toenails, covered in feces.  They all smelled terrible."

Luthringer said the animals also have skin infections.  "Nothing should have to live in what they were living in. This is the worse I've ever been in."

"It's nothing to live in," said neighbor Kent Clark.  He lives next door to the home where this all happened.

Clark likened the smell to a landfill.  "It smells.  It's been like that for years and years and years.  I gotta keep my north windows closed. It's pretty bad," said Clark.

He said the last time he was inside, the look matched the smell.  "Seven years ago it looked like a landfill.  Cans all over the place."

Clark hasn't gone back in his neighbors home since.  He had no idea there were so many cats inside.  But he said he's not surprised.  "I just think the place needs to be condemned."

The Humane Society said the most common way animal hoarding starts is when people feel bad for stray cats and start feeding them.  Their advice is not to feed stray cats. Either bring them to the Humane Society or call the Humane Society and they'll come get them.

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