LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Animal control officers and veterinarians are working around the clock, caring for more than 100 cats, in what they’re calling one of the worst hoarding cases they’ve ever seen.
“We had a cruelty investigator who said, he’s been here for over 10 years, and he said the smell when you walked up to the house was just one of the worst ones he’s ever smelt before,” said Animal Control Officer Timothy Brown.
That smell, caused by feces and urine covered floors, is what officers say led someone to call for help Tuesday.
When officers went to check the home, the owners weren’t cooperative. Animal control got a search warrant and went back on Wednesday.
That’s when they found the cats living in unsanitary conditions. Officers say some cats are pregnant, some malnourished, all of them needing vet care.
Officer Brown says this had to have happened over a long period of time. That’s why he says it’s important that you call animal control as soon as you notice a problem.
“This could have been avoided had someone stepped up or just said enough is enough,” said Officer Brown.
He says the cats are all being fully cared for through a partnership with the Lexington Humane Society. Each animal will be given proper medical care and will be constantly monitored.
The cats’ owners will be facing animal cruelty charges.