Sheboygan police have uncovered what could be the worst case of animal hoarding that city has ever seen.
Authorities said a house was filled with so many pets and trash, it may have to be torn down.
Officials said they seized more than 40 cats, six dogs and five birds Thursday night.
The cats were reportedly underweight, some had fleas and respiratory infections.
A 54-year-old woman and 55-year-old man live in the home.
A friend of the couple says they loved their pets but things snow balled out of control.
"We hate to see things get this out of hand," said Melissa Dekanich with the Sheboygan County Humane Society. "I think the worst part was the smell. It burned your lungs, burned your eyes."
The future of the animals is unclear, but officials say they require lifelong care..." More & video