MALLORY BOWER, ANIMAL CHARITY: DOZENS OF CATS.
THE HOUSE REEKED OF URINE AND AMMONIA SMELL.
A serious hoarding situation.
That's how staff members at Animal Charity describe the conditions inside a home on Youngstown's North Side.
A neighbor tipped them off, and they have been removing cats from the home for more than a month.
First News Reporter Cameron O'Brien brought us the story at five.
New at six, she details what humane agents saw and shows us the animals that need rescued.
[D4]27VR2 NEW AT 6-SG [D5]20170710 CAT HOUSE 27-PK MALLORY BOWER, ANIMAL CHARITY: THIS IS WOLVERINE.
HE'S A BLACK KITTEN.
A LITTLE MALE.
HE'S ABOUT THREE MONTHS OLD.
CAMERON O'BRIEN The first three months of Wolverine's life have been nothing short of difficult.
He is one of 16 cats that Animal Charity rescued from a hoarding situation on Youngstown's Northside.
It's a process they started a month ago– after a neighbor called to complain about the cats next door.
MALLORY BOWER, ANIMAL CHARITY: YOU COULD SMELL THE CAT URINE FROM THE STREET.
THAT'S HOW STRONG IT WAS.
CAMERON O'BRIEN These are some pictures from inside that house.
You can see piles upon piles of garbage.
Cockroaches, feces, and mold everywhere.
SMALLORY BOWER, ANIMAL CHARITY: AS SOON AS YOU STEPPED IN THE YARD, YOUR PANTS WERE COVERED IN FLEAS CAMERON O'BRIEN Animal Charity treated those cats for severe flea infections and viruses.
Many of them– are terrified of humans.
MALLORY BOWER, ANIMAL CHARITY: TRY TO SOCALIZE THEM.
WE GIVE THEM TREATS, VERY SLOWLY WORK ON THEM ONE ON ONE TO TEACH THEM THAT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE NEGLECTED ANYMORE AND WE'RE HERE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM CAMERON O'BRIEN Animal Charity's work is far from over.
The man responsible was charged with Animal Cruelty.
The courts ordered him to surrender all of his cats to the shelter.
There could be anywhere from FIFTEEN to THIRTY still inside that house.
MARY LOUK, ANIMAL CHARITY: YOU KNOW WE DON'T LOOK TO FULLY PROSECUTE THESE PEOPLE.
WE LOOK TO GET THEM HELP.
WE'RE HOPING THAT HOUSING WILL HELP HIM GET INTO A BETTER SITUATION BECAUSE NO ONE SHOULD BE LIVING LIKE THAT.
CAMERON, WKBN Animal Charity says they can't rescue animals in situations like these WITHOUT the public's help.
So if you see something or SMELL something that's not right.
They're asking you to REPORT IT– by phone, or on their website.
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