Posted: Dec 20, 2012 9:05 PM by Kathy Kuretich
Updated: Dec 21, 2012 8:08 AM
A local rescue group is stepping up to help cats from a terrible hoarding situation in Los Angeles.
North County Paws Cause is taking in as many cats as they can from a house with more than 60 - living in deplorable conditions.
Most of the cats, now removed from the hoarder's home, are scared, but safe.
They were living in filth, piled high feces, urine coated walls - many sick with eye infections and lung infections.
"It was impossible to be in this house. When you go in, you can't even breathe the ammonia level is so high and so dangerous. It was like the most horrific place I've ever seen," said Ady Gil, founder of AGWC, an animal rescue out of Los Angeles.
Gil reached out to Cathy Enns, founder of North County Paws Cause, who's had her own experiences rescuing hoarded cats.
"Finding homes for that kind of volume of cats in a short amount of time that need rescuing is very difficult to do, which is exactly why we wanted to step up and help as much as we could," she said.
40 of the 62 cats are now out of the home. AGWC said it's a long, tedious process of finding rescue groups and fosters that can take them in. Long term - they need loving, permanent homes.
"These 62 cats were in a home, nobody could hear them cry and be rescued. Hopefully they're going to get cleaned up, they're going to look pretty, they're going to find homes and they're going to be happy," said Gil.
The two people living in the home thought they were doing good by taking in cats off the streets, but the situation quickly got out of control when the cats started breeding.
Now, the cats need homes, and that's where you can help - by taking in a cat and giving it a second chance.
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