Published: Jun 19, 2014 4:37 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 19, 2014 6:48 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla - Six cats have been euthanized and more than 20 others are in now in county control after being taken from a house on Hoople Street in Fort Myers.

Neighbors noticed a strong smell of ammonia coming from the house and called police. When authorities arrived they found dozens of cats and a house in deplorable condition. Richard Scott, a supervisor with Fort Myers Code Enforcement descibes the house as filthy. "We're talking a lot of debris. It's deplorable on the inside. There are little aisleways where you have to walk sideways to get around and some rooms I couldn't even get into."

The couple that rents the home has had trouble with the city before. City officials say the home is unsafe and unlivable.The man renting the house, Tony White, told WINK News he kept everything inside out of fear his neighbors would steal anything left outside. 

Animal Services spent Thursday trying to corral the cats living on the property. Lt.Tony Backhurst says it's an unfortunate situation they see too often. "Animals that are not being treated correctly. It's not the animal's fault. They are stuck in this situation where they are given less than stellar treatment."

Animal Service is evaluating the health of the remaining cats and if they are healthy enough, the cats will be put up for adoption.