NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County Animal Services officers say a house on Lovely Lane had feces smeared on the walls, the waste was three to four inches thick in some rooms, cat excrement overflowed the litter boxes and five cats and a woman were living amongst it all.
"Because we deal with it all the time, we grade," said Animal Services Lieutenant, Tony Blackhurst, "We have a one being the worst; two or three and four would be a different level. This is a one," he said referring to the house, "this is bad."
Blackhurt says it appears the woman living at the home even used her own bare foot to wipe away some of the waste. When Lee County Animal Services got to the house, the woman living there apparently threatened to harm herself, which is why the LCSO ordered to have her mentally evaluated. Once deputies took her away from the home, animal control officers suited up in protective gear and went inside the home to get the cats out.
"You have material hoarders, you have animal hoarders," listed Blackhurst, "This person appears to not be able to let go of the animal's excrement, urine and it's just staying in there. I mean, it's just a strange dynamic, but we have to look at it from the animal's perspective so we can't leave animals in those conditions.
Visibly shaken and scared, the cats were taken out one by one. Blackhurst says they appear to be healthy, but vets need to evaluate them because the amount of ammonia from the urine and feces can play havoc with their respiratory systems.