Nearly 100 Cats Living in Filth in One House

By Scott Sarvay
By Ryan Elijah
By Maureen Mespell

March 9, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 12:12 AM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A story that broke last week has just been updated with a final number.

The final count of how many cats removed from the home stands at 98. 14 of those were already dead when they were found.

Most likely criminal charges will be filed against the people who were hoarding the cats and possible animal cruelty charges could follow.

Some steep fines could also be assessed for the care and euthanization of the cats.

There’s still no word on what will happen to the home where the cats were found.

Officers were initially called out to investigate 10 or more cats in the home on Elmer Avenue.

Animal Care & Control believes that some of the cats may be owned by residents living in the area. If you or someone you know is missing a cat, you are encouraged to go to Animal Care & Control Tuesday or Wednesday. You must provide a picture of your cat and a photo ID.

It first appeared that there were twenty cats in the house so far officers have pulled out 66 and their efforts continue.

The large amount of animal feces and urine filled the home with nearly triple the amount of ammonia of what is safe for humans.

The house has since been condemmed.

Previous story from March 2:

A home on the city’s west side is being condemned after dozens of cats were found living in squalor.

According to officials the house located in the 900 block of Elmer Avenue is a rental property and Animal Care and Control was originally called out to investigate 10 or more cats inside of the home. Officers said they could see multiple cats and what appeared to be 4-6 inches of feces visible through windows.

Initially AC&C removed 12 of the cats but believed as many as 50 could still be removed.

In order to enter the home animal control officers had to wear oxygen tanks on top of their white protective suits because the conditions inside the home were so hazardous. The over-accumulation of animal feces and urine filled the home with a dangerous amount of ammonia, nearly triple what is considered safe for humans.

Many of the cats have already been removed from the home and will be taken to Animal Care and Control for the time being. The tenant is not only facing a likely fine for care of the cats, but also a possible charge of animal cruelty based on local and state regulations. City code allows for a fine of $10 per animal for care.

A Fort Wayne law also limits the number of animals a homeowner can have to 7cats and 5 dogs (or 7 combined animals).

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