“She wouldn’t let us in the house at first,” said animal control officer Brian Preston. “Then once she came outside, she started throwing rocks and things at us. She was really angry. But really, I’ve never seen so many cats. It was unreal.”
After receiving numerous complaints from concerned neighbors, animal control officers visited a home on Tuesday. They were woefully underprepared for what they encountered there: over a hundred starving cats, one irate woman, and a house that was filled with feces and urine.
Check it out from WKYT:
Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control officers say they found more than 100 cats desperately in need of veterinary care.
Officers first responded to the home on Sundart Drive Tuesday after receiving a report that multiple cats were inside the home living in unsanitary conditions. When they arrived, officers said the people living there refused to let them inside.
“The feces was just everywhere – the ammonia from the feces and the urine on the ground – that is what our probable cause is,” said Timothy Brown from Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control.
Authorities were able to obtain a search warrant and returned to the home the following day. Officers said they found more than 100 cats inside, many of them in need of veterinary care.
“A lot of them are showing signs of malnourishment,” Brown said. “A lot of them have drool in their eyes.”
We are told several of the cats are also pregnant.
Officers described it as a sad situation that could have been prevented.
“We’re here for the animals. We’re here to be the voice for the animals when they don’t have one,” Brown said. “So, for us to come to situations like this it hurts because all you had to do is pick up the phone and ask us for help.”
A vet will check out the cats and see if they can be put up for adoption at the Lexington Humane Society. Officers said there is a slight chance the courts could decide to let the owners have them back, but it is unlikely.
The Lexington Hospital for Cats will be receiving donations over the next few days to help with the financial burden of so many animals.
It’s unclear at this time what will become of the woman living at the property or what legal circumstances she may find herself in. We’ll keep you updated on this case as more information becomes available.
Why do you think people hoard animals like this?
What makes them go to that extreme? Is it mental illness?