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More cats removed from animal hoarding house


The St. Joseph County Humane Society said they removed three dead kittens from a home in Clay Township Tuesday.  The dead kittens are just the latest discovery made during an investigation that started Monday.  The kittens were found in a locked crate inside the house.

Monday the Humane Society removed 10 animals.  Tuesday they took out eight more living cats and they said there are still more inside.

Phylicia Scott, who lives next door said, "I was raised on a farm and never in my life have seen anything comparable to this."

Scott was talking about the conditions at her neighbor's house.  She's the one who called the cops Monday to do a welfare check, but even she didn't expect the conditions the St. Joseph County Humane Society found inside.  "This was a really big shocker.  I did not imagine that.  The amount of sludge and disgusting filth in that house is indescribable," she said.

She also didn't expect so many cats.  "It's very shocking how many there really actually are, we still don't have a number," said Scott.

The Humane Society has now spent two afternoons taking animals out of the house.  So far they've removed one dog and 17 living cats.  Outreach Coordinator with the Humane Society Genny Carlson said, "the animals are in horrible condition inside they need to be removed."

Carlson said there's at least six more cats inside that they've seen.  They say there could be more dead animals that they haven't found yet.  "It's dark in there, there's feces at least two inches think throughout the whole house.  Slippery, trash all over the floor so it's very difficult," said Carlson.

Now Scott is worried about what will happen next.  "This summer after all these cats are gone we're gonna have mice and rats.  The feces are gonna contaminate the ground."

Scott said she plans to go to a County Commission meeting to talk about code enforcement and to hopefully get something done with this home next door to hers.

The Humane Society said the future of the home will be up to the County and the Health Department.

The Humane Society still hasn't been able to talk to the homeowner.  They said they left notices for him at the house.  They will be back at the home Wednesday to remove more cats from the house.

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