Animal control officers remove multiple abandoned cats from Midt - KCTV5

Animal control officers remove multiple abandoned cats from Midtown home

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Animal control officers were forced to wear masks as they removed multiple abandoned cats from a Midtown home on Tuesday. (KCTV5) Animal control officers were forced to wear masks as they removed multiple abandoned cats from a Midtown home on Tuesday. (KCTV5)
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Animal control officers were forced to wear masks as they removed multiple abandoned cats from a Midtown home on Tuesday. 

So far, over 10 cats have been removed from the home located on Holmes, and a lot more are expected to be inside. 

Billy Griffin lives next door to the home and said he can't even enjoy being outside. 

"When you walk out my front door it's a wall of just pungent odor. Cat odor. You can't spend time outside of my house," he said.

Griffin said the smell started getting really bad at the start of the summer. 

"The whole back of the house is open. It has been open for months. So they just leave it open to the elements and cats come in and out," Griffin said.

According to animal control officers, they've been in communication with the owner for several months. 

"The cat owner was trying to do the right thing, if you will, and get some help and get these cats taken care of,” said Animal Health Spokesperson, John Baccala. “But unfortunately was unable to do so,"

The owner living in the home moved to Oklahoma sometime last week. The cats were abandoned inside. 

"Now we've reached the point where we had to get inside the house and rescue whatever cats are inside ... try to take care of the problem because there are far too many cats for one individual to care for inside this home," Baccala said.

The conditions inside the home were described to be filthy with cat feces on floors and piles of ceiling high rubbish in certain areas. From the outside, the yard is overgrown with a large dumpster in front of the house. 

“Whenever someone in a neighborhood thinks there’s a situation like this, or sees a situation like this. Please call the 311 number,” Baccala said.

All the cats rescued were taken to KC Pet Project where they'll be cared for.

According to animal control officers, live traps have been set inside to catch the remainder of the cats.

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