LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - More than a hundred cats were roaming in and out of a Lehigh Acres home. Problem is, nobody was living there. Lee County Domestic Animal Services spent all day Tuesday removing cats from 923 Kanuga St.
“The animals were not provided with any type of adequate food or water, there was an accumulation of urine and feces, it certainly was not a healthy environment for the cats to live in,” Adam Leath of Lee Domestic Animal Services said.
127 cats were removed, while 2 were found deceased. When they went looking for the homeowner, they learned, he'd died a month ago. “We're really hoping we might be able to find out who might have been residing within the home,” Leath said. “There were some indications we have there was someone here within the past couple of days, so someone is ultimately responsible for the conditions of the home.”
Some were in bad shape, with broken limbs and open wounds. Adding to the problem, none had been spayed or neutered, so they were breeding out of control. This whole investigation was sparked by a phone call from a neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous. “Within the last 3 weeks, we noticed a lot more cats roaming around and our garbage was bitten into, so was our neighbors. It was just really strong, cat urine,” the neighbor said, describing the smell.
She was shocked to learn just how many cats were living under the roof. “Just mindboggling, just unreal.” But with that shock, also came relief “Yes, definitely, no more cats running around at large,” she said.
Animal Services is now asking for your help. There are a lot cats who need a lot of homes. If you're looking to adopt a cat or willing to participate in its Trap-Neuter-Return program, just give them a call at (239) 533-7387.