Friday, May 13, 2005


I know this is from September 22, 2003... but hey, just think about the article, and conjure up some good visuals!! - Snave

Milwaukee (AP) - Cats were literally coming out of the walls of this south side home.

Last week, Milwaukee police found 130 felines and a dog in house where trash and cat feces was found up to 3 feet deep.

Inspectors came to the house last week after neighbors complained about smells coming from the three-bedroom house. When they arrived, they found the sinks and bathtubs filled with cat food. The cats had crawled into the walls, ducts and ceilings, said Donn Jacobson, an animal control officer for the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.

The cats drank water from the house's three toilets and a leaky basement pipe, he said.

The house has been condemned by the city and may have to be razed.

The house's owner died in 1997, but the woman's adult son returned regularly to feed the animals, said Martin Collins, head of the Department of Neighborhood Services.

"Once the cats breed inside the walls, its economically impossible to clean it up," Collins said. "You can imagine what's inside those walls, and what the house is going to smell like forever."

Jacobson has been trudging through the house twice a day for a week, luring cats into metal cages baited with canned tuna.

"I'm hoping it will end soon," he said. "I'm sick of coming down here."

The cats and the dog all appear to be healthy and have been transported to an animal control facility until authorities can figure out what to do with them, said John McDowell, a field commander for the animal control agency.

The rescue smashes the city record of 82 removed from a home in the late 1980s, Collins said.


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