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Decision made on hoarding house in St. Joseph County

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The St. Joseph County Commissioners accepted the recommendation of the County Building Commissioner, to demolish a house located at 52704 Ida St.  The house was considered unlivable, citing cases of deceased animals on the interior of the home.  

Building Commissioner, Chuck Bulot said this was an easy decision to condemn the house.  "It was a very easy call," Bulot said, "based on the information I received from the health department.  It was in great detail, very graphic detail as to the interior condition."

One neighbor, Phylicia Scott, came to Tuesday's meeting to encourage the commissioners to move as quickly as possible to demolish the house.  She said living next door to it is almost unbearable.  "It is stinky, it is disgusting,"  Scott said, "I can't take my children for walks, we can't really play outside.  I have a swing set in the back that doesn't get used.  I have flowers I plant with a mask on.  I was just planting flowers in the front yard yesterday, and I had to wear a mask because I almost got sick from the smell.  It is absolutely, unbelievably disgusting."

Assistant Director of the St. Joseph County Humane Society, Genny Carlson said they plan on working with prosecutors to make sure they have permission to go back to the home to see if there are anymore animals on site.  She says the number of animals they captured from the home keeps going up.  "The initial number of cats that we got did grow," Carlson said, "because they had kittens, so the last count was 51."  She also said the one dog they captured from the home has already been successfully adopted.

The bidding process for the demolition will be officially open on July 8th.
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