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Friday, March 8 2013, 08:10 PM EST
47 Cats Seized from Home; 2nd Time in Neighborhood
MIAMISBURG -- Jamie Davis and her daughter are checking every cat from 1 to 47.

"We just want to make them better they're nice cats they're little scared right now but they're good cats we just want to make them adoptable," said Davis, foster care coordinator for Humane Society.

47 cats are in need of medical care after the Humane Society removed them from a Miamisburg home Thursday night.  Workers had to wear respirators because the air was so foul inside the home on East Lindsey Avenue. They're scared because they have been living in the home for months ...by themselves.

"They come over and drop food and stuff but they don't live there there's no lights on over there," said neighbor Taylor Stebbins.

Investigators say there was no furniture no dishes just one bed and a house full of cats.

"Who does that? Who  buys the house for cats and then pays rent for the cats to live there?," asked Stebbins.

This cat house is now the second one in the neighborhood. In 2007 Investigators removed more than 80 cats from the house across the street. Neighbors say the owners are related.

"All the neighbors have complained about it before everyone calls; its nasty," said Stebbins. "You see cat boxes all the time in the trash they always have big boxes of litter out on trash night. it's gross."

A cat house may seem surprising, but humane society workers are sadly getting used to it.

"It used to be rare," said  Sheila Marquis of the Humane Society. "Unfortunately it's becoming more common in Montgomery County. We are finding more more places with not only houses just with cats and no one living there but we are finding people living in there as well. I have three active cases going on."

The 47 cats are receiving treatment for the first time Friday. The process takes 4-5 hours and they'll have to do it everyday for the next 1- 2 months.

"The shots aren't bad it's everything else," said Davis. "It's getting the warmer the antibiotics your ears cleaned out."

The property owners are being cooperative in the investigation. Right now there is no word on whether or not they will be charged, but animal workers are begging you to spay and neuter your pets.

"He said I watch it on TV all the time and I know what it is but I never thought it would be me," Marquis said about her conversation with the owner. "I think I hear that a lot now. One day you're okay with 4-5 cats and the next day you wake up and you have 40 or 50 cats. So it's really important that you take advantage of the communities low cost spay and neuter programs.

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