OAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities took around 50 cats from an Oakland Park home after they found more than 200 of them living in deplorable conditions, Friday morning.
Officials said Broward County Animal Control and Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies found the felines in a house located along the 700 block of Northeast 33rd Street. “At one point I noticed, like, well over 100 cats,” said next-door neighbor Eric Naymik.
Neighbors called Animal Control after they became concerned about a foul smell coming from the residence. “The problem is very bad when you can’t even breathe when you come outside,” said Naymik.
Crews wore protective clothing and surgical masks as they removed the animals from the home in cages. They took about 50 cats on Friday; the rest were left behind because they’re in places that are hard to reach, like behind the home’s drywall.
“All my neighbors have complained. Yes, I’ve heard comments from everybody,” said Naymik.
Naymik said an elderly woman and her son live at the residence, along with the cats. “Cats are in my yard. They’re peeing all over my cushions,” said Naymik. “If I cook outside, they’re jumping over the fence.”
The mother and son are currently out of the home. According to the elderly woman’s granddaughter, she is reportedly staying with family members in Jacksonville.
Officials said both the woman and her son are dealing with medical issues. They will be referred to the Department of Health and Services.
No charges will be filed.
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