Police are investigating a possible hoarding situation after more than 40 cats were seized from a home in Wolcott on Friday.
Animal control officers were hauling the cats from a home on Finch Road on Friday afternoon. Police said the homeowner hoarded dozens. Many of them special deliveries from Egypt.
"They're almost like rats out there in Egypt, so you find these people, who believe they are being compassionate," Wolcott Animal Control Officer Roslyn Nenninger said. "They find backers who ship them into our country with passports and health certificates."
Police said it is an unsafe situation for the woman to own the cats.
"The smell will overtake you, there's feces all over the floor,"Wolcott Police Sgt. Patrick Malloy said.
After neighbors complained, animal control paid the homeowner a visit earlier this year. But conditions weren't bad enough for them to get involved. When bags of feces started being left outside, they had to step in.
"Cats were under the cupboards, under the bed, in the bathtub, behind the washers," Malloy said. "Anyplace a cat can hide, you'll find a cat."
All of the cats will be taken to a local vet to be checked out and treated. Then authorities will look into finding them good homes.
"We have different facilities willing to assist us in this process," Nenninger said.
The homeowner lives alone and is not facing any charges at this time.
The home is not livable. Police said it will need to be thoroughly cleaned.
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