DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — They pull out cage after cage Thursday afternoon, but even those won’t be enough.
“If we think there’s 25 you can probably assume there’s more,” says Chief Humane Agent Sheila Marquis.
Humane agents returned Thursday to a Dayton home to remove the rest of the 40 cats they believe are inside.
They already took 10 away earlier in the week.
The home has been condemned. Officials say the owner just got overwhelmed.
“There’s a line and when it becomes cruel, neglect or the conditions aren’t appropriate for the human or the animal we have to intervene,” Marquis says.
But operations like this one cost thousands of dollars for the Humane Society, which depends on donations for support.
“Nobody’s quite prepared for how many animals are going to come out,” Marquis says.
On top of that is the impact on the neighborhoods.
People near the home say they never saw the cats but could definitely smell them.
“For the community as a whole it poses a big problem,” Marquis says. “It stresses out neighborhoods. It stresses out each organization that tries to help and intervene.”
Now the Humane Society will work on finding homes for the cats.
Humane agents say these cats are largely healthy which will help.
If you’re interested in adopting one or would like to make a donation to help pay for their care visit the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.