September 16, 2010 in City

Cats removed from ‘horrific’ home


Thirty cats were removed Wednesday from a Spokane Valley home where conditions are so bad officers wore protective suits and respirators.

Spokane County Regional Animal Protective Service employees planned to watch the home at 4616 N. Larch Road overnight and continue searching for more felines today, said director Nancy Hill.

The agency obtained a search warrant after an employee, acting on a tip, stopped by the home Tuesday and looked in the window. Hill described the home as “horrific.”

“You can’t even hardly walk in there because of all the garbage and feces,” she said. “It’s grim.”

The cats, described by Hill as thin but not obviously diseased, were taken to SCRAPS.

No one has been seen at the home, and Hill said neighbors don’t believe the owners live there full time.

“Honestly, I don’t know how any one could be living here,” Hill said.

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