Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cat Hoarding - Greeley, Colorado

Sept 22, 2010: Police remove more cats from hoarder's Greeley home

By Mike Peters

After carrying live and dead cats from a central Greeley home for three days, police say they have probably reached the final totals of cats in the house — 107 live cats and 133 dead.

The owner of the home in the 800 block of 26th Avenue has not been identified by police, and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation soon after police discovered the cats in his home. It has not yet been determined if charges will be filed against the 54-year-old man.

According to police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych, the dead cats were found in plastic bags in the back yard and inside the house. The man isn't suspected of killing them, but when they died, he apparently placed them in the plastic bags.

Many of the cats, both living and dead, were kittens. One animal control officer said that when they first entered the house to remove the cats, they found kittens in one of the kitchen cupboards, where they'd apparently been born the night before.

While removing the cats from the house — both by Greeley and Weld County Animal Control officers — one officer was bitten by a cat. The injury was not serious, police said.

Police have also said the man was sleeping on the floor of the heavily cluttered home. Cat urine and feces covered some of the floors of the house, police said..." More

107 Cats Taken From Greeley Home

By: Valerie Castro

The owner of a Greeley home where more than 100 hundred cats were discovered living in squalid conditions has been taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

Greeley police say that since Saturday at least 107 cats have been trapped and taken to the Humane Society of Weld County. They also said that that more than 133 cats were also found dead in the backyard of the home, located at 810 26th Avenue.

Neighbors told CBS4 the homeowner is in his 50s and has had the cats for years.

"You could smell the cats. The odors were everywhere, it went through the whole neighborhood," neighbor Lyle Holm said.

"...the Humane Society is in desperate need of cat litter and food -- especially for kittens. Cash donations for medical care are also welcome. Visit their Web site for more information at" More

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