Dozens of cats were rescued from a house on Long Island where the condition was so bad that even the owner had to leave as well.
The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said crews in hazmat suits spent hours rescuing 25 to 45 cats from the Washington Boulevard home in North Bellmore on Monday. Neighbors at the house said they had been complaining for nearly a year about a woman who lived in what appeared to be a tidy house on the outside.
The interior, however, is unsuitable for animals and humans. Authorities said the house had dangerous levels of ammonia, the smell the neighbors were already too familiar with.
“Everyone has complained, the whole neighborhood, and nothing has been done so far,” said neighbor Erin Urbanski. “The stench is incredible. The smell, you couldn’t even enjoy your own garden … summer was wasted because of it.”
Urbanski said she believed there were up to 100 cats inside the house. She even took photos and videos of the felines.
The investigation into whether there was cruelty to animals or whether it was a serious case of hoarding is being conducted by the Nassau District Attorney’s Office. However, no costs are to be expected.
The town of Hempstead said in a statement that it is working diligently to save and protect the cats. Even after the rescuers left on Monday, more cats can be seen inside the house from the windows. Animal rescue teams are expected to return home during the week to attempt to trap any remaining cats.