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Cats still out of control outside hoarder's residences

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Neighbors who live near apartments that a woman turned into two giant litter boxes for dozens of cats say the mess is far from cleaned up, and they're worried it is making them sick.

The smell of ammonia is still overwhelming, and neighbors are trying to clean it up themselves.

It has been almost a month since the city removed 70 cats from two apartments at Northwest 82nd Street and North Everton Avenue.

Neighbors called KCTV5 News saying cats are still roaming the neighborhood, and they say they're not getting enough help from the city.

Neighbors are doing what they can to round up a few sick cats that were left behind and are trying to help.

"They are mangy. They look starved. We have a lot of little kids and pets of our own we are concerned with," Patricia Stock said.

Stock is concerned after seeing several scrawny, smelly, unhealthy cats still coming in and out of the home that was condemned by the city.

There was a woman who called police on herself after hoarding many of the cats inside about a month ago.

"It is quite the smell. It is the flies. Especially with all the heat, it just makes it worse," Stock said.

The smell of ammonia overwhelms anyone on Stock's back porch, and she has put fly traps to try and keep bugs at bay, but the stray cats are the biggest concern.

Stock says she called animal control to help, and they came Wednesday night but did not take any cats.

"They told me they're out of traps. They just don't have the manpower to deal with them," Stock said.

So now, she has taken matters into her own hands.

"I've only trapped one," she said.

Stock hopes the city or someone will step in to save the cats and stop the smell that blows right to her home.

"All the neighbors are pretty unhappy about the situation and just want to have it resolved, and you know we care about the animals. (We) want them living safe and healthy, and living this way isn't safe for them," Stock said.

The city said it is still actively trying to capture the cats inside the apartments, but as far as the cleanup, that is up to the property owner.

The city also says, in certain circumstances, the health department may step in to help out with cases like this.

While the city says they are going to help, they also say they don't technically have to. There is nothing illegal about these cats running around in the neighborhood outside the home, because Kansas City has no leash law.

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