LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Animal Control rescued 127 cats living inside and around a Lehigh Acres home. Despite living on little to no food and in deplorable conditions, Animal Services says most of the cats are going to be okay.
This is the scene animal services walked into last night: a house abandoned, with at least 100 cats stranded inside.
"Some of them were going in and out of the house, others were locked in rooms and couldn't get out. So those we saw were very emaciated, very thin," Lee County Animal Services Adam Leath said Thursday.
The homeowner, 59-year old Gary Schultz, died in November. Still, investigators say clues left behind, like a carton of fresh milk, indicate someone's since been inside the house. They're now looking to identify who's responsible for the rampant neglect.
"There were crimes committed there on that property. This is not a living condition that animals should be in, or in my opinion, people could live in without getting some type of infection or disease," Leath said.
Two cats were found dead inside the Lehigh home, and others suffering from severe infections had to be euthanized. But the vast majority of this friendly, furry bunch are expected to make a comeback.Cages upon cages of the cats are currently recovering at Lee County Animal Services, many of which will be put up for adoption tomorrow at a discounted rate.
"We're not concerned about recouping any costs. We just want to see these pets go to responsible homes," Leath said.
Lee County Animal Services will open doors for adoption starting at 11:30 on Friday. All the cats and kittens will be available for only $8- that cost includes full vaccinations, micro chipping, and sterilization.