FLORIDA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is uncovering an extreme case of animal hoarding in the Town of Florida.
Dozens of cats were found living in deplorable conditions, Thursday.
As of Thursday evening, 13 cats were rescued from the home and were brought to the Montgomery County SPCA.
Nearly 40 more still remain at the home.
Antonio Baker, shelter manager at the Montgomery County SPCA described the situation he discovered when he stepped into the Florida home.
Cats climbed over filth-covered trash bags, made their way across floors layered with newspaper and garbage.
Baker says there was no cat food in sight, but a pile of pasta sat in a nearby counter, next to a stove buried under inches of feces.
He says a middle-aged man lived alongside these dozens of cats in a home with no running water.
Despite the grotesque conditions, baker says the man clearly loved his cats.
The cats have been vaccinated, de-wormed, and all of them named after pokemon charaters.
Medical costs could be between $100 and $400 each, so the Montgomery County SPCA is asking for help.
Baker just spend 11 years in the military, and says caring for both animals and other humans is just in his nature.
“My main concern is to make sure that the cats get the help they need,” says Baker.
The Montgomery county sheriff’s Department is handling the case.
They have not yet confirmed whether the owner of the cats will face charges.
The rest of the 40 or so cats should be removed by Saturday, and be available for adoption in about a month.
Donations can be mailed to:
MCSPCA, PO Box 484, Amsterdam, NY 12010
Physical address is: SPCA Road, Amsterdam
Contact #: (518)-842-8050