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UPDATE: Humane Society Removes More Than 30 Cats From Deplorable Conditions
DAYTON -- Dozens of cats were removed from a filthy Dayton home on Steele Avenue.
Roxanna Minnich said she started out with only two cats.
"I am an animal lover and people know that I live here and they know I'll take in any animal that comes along," she said.
Over time, she's collected about 30 cats, and they have taken over her home.
"They dump them off on me and I feel sorry for them, so I take them in," Minnich added.
"There is a very strong urine and feces smell, and of course with the heat being 80, 90 degrees with no air conditioning, that really enhances the smell," Humane Agent from the Dayton Humane Society Sheila Marquis said. "You can actually smell it from outside. There is feces all over the floor and urine all over the floor."
Humane agents responded to the home after neighbors complained about the smell.
"The litter boxes were overflowing with feces. The house itself was dangerous to live in for humans, and not safe for the cats either," Marquis said.
City of Dayton Housing Inspection put "condemned" signs up on the windows and doors and told Minnich she needs to leave her home because it is so filthy.
"I don't know where I'm going to go from here. I'm more worried about my cats right now than I am anything," Minnich said.
Marquis said the cats will be taken to the Humane Society and will be checked out by a veterinarian. She said many of them are sick.
"We'll prescribe medication for them and get them treated and hopefully they'll be up for adoption," Marquis said.
Minnich could be facing animal neglect or cruelty charges.
DAYTON -- Numerous complaints from neighbors led agents from the Humane Society to a house in "deplorable" condition this morning.
The resident says she's an animal lover whose affections got out of control after accumulating more than 30 cats.
Now, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton has removed those cats from the home at 804 Steele Avenue in Dayton. The house has been condemned and the resident said she's been given until Monday to vacate the premises.
The cats will be checked by a veterinarian and then placed for adoption. Many of the animals were reportedly sick and hadn't been properly cared for.
Sheila Marquis, a humane agent for the Society, said the smell of urine and feces in the house was overwhelming. She also said there wasn't enough food or water available for that many cats.
Reporter Chelby Kosto spoke to the woman who was living with all those cats and she will have much more from her and the complete story tonight on ABC 22 and FOX 45.
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