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Posted at 6:33 AM ET, 06/16/2010

55 cats found in D.C. woman's house

By Mike McPhate

Animal rescuers last week discovered 55 cats living in squalor in a Northwest D.C. woman’s house, according to an NBC 4 report.

"They were going to the bathroom all over the house,” Jennifer Gardner, a rescuer with the Washington Humane Society, told the news station.

Humane Society officers raided the row house on June 9 after getting a tip, the report said. Rescuers found cats crammed throughout the home, many wounded in battles with each other. One was hiding out in a broken oven.

A neighbor told the station the problem began about 10 years ago when the woman brought in a pregnant cat from the street. The cats soon multiplied.

Rescuers told the station only 11 of the woman’s cats have been kept alive.

Read the full NBC 4 report.


By Mike McPhate  | June 16, 2010; 6:33 AM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  animals, washington  
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Poor kitties...hoarding stories are always so sad. I hope the lady gets some help before something like that happens again.

Posted by: akchild | June 16, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand, 55 cats were found alive, and 11 of the cats were living. Which is it?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | June 16, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

"I don't understand, 55 cats were found alive, and 11 of the cats were living. Which is it?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow"


Really? Forty-four of them were euthanized.

Posted by: klj3827 | June 16, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

"I don't understand, 55 cats were found alive, and 11 of the cats were living. Which is it?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow"


Really? Forty-four of them were euthanized.

Posted by: klj3827 | June 16, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

The cats were found in poor condition and according to the humane officer at the Washington Humane Society the majority of the felines were sick and injured. The fact that WHS stepped in and saved nearly a dozen animals is amazing! Not to mention they are helping this person turn her life around. She took in too many animals and could not care for them and was living in disgusting conditions. Thanks to WHS this person is now turning her life around and some of her animals will hopefully get a second chance as well. Thank you Washington Humane Society! You are doing a great job!!! And I'm sure the neighbors in that community are happy too:)

Posted by: 123415 | June 16, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

That why neutering and spaying should be a free service.

Posted by: monicacastellano | June 16, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

"I don't understand, 55 cats were found alive, and 11 of the cats were living. Which is it?

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow"

I hope the woman gets help, because this is not healthy behavior no matter how much you love animals. And to RepealObamacareNow, people like you are part of the reason we have so many problems in this country. You could'nt figure out that the other cats were euthanized, but you want people to believe your right on health care and other issues facing this country. Please take a nap and re-focus.

Posted by: rlee4033 | June 16, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

But where exactly--or even more-or-less--was this house? Both this story and the NBC4 story only say "Northwest DC," which covers an awful lot of territory.

Posted by: kejones4 | June 16, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

This woman had a "roommate". What's up with the other person? How do you agree to live some place with all that going on? Should put them both in jail.

Posted by: ibcmeir | June 16, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Was it a neighbor, a roommate, or both who said the problem started about 10 years ago?

I agree that the information given in this story is sparse. For some reason, people charged with violent crimes are sometimes pictured and named, yet we can't know if we were living down the street from a house with diseased cats?

Posted by: hygriffin | June 16, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I don’t want to belabor the point, but it barely got a workout the first time around. The Washington Humane Society (WHS) discovered and removed 55 cats, killing 80% of them. That's not rescued. That's dead. Maybe we could get a little more reporting on "the majority of the felines were sick and injured"? I've been sick and injured before. Haven’t you?

The Washington Humane Society sounds a bit like Animal Control here (serving the people where animals are a nuisance). People in DC have become increasingly reluctant to call Child and Family Services when a child is in trouble, fearing what the agency itself might do to a child. Perhaps we should likewise be afraid to call the Washington Humane Society when a cat is in trouble.

Call Alley Cat Allies, Metro Ferals, or a similar agency that is committed to rescuing cats.

PS: I wonder about those remaining eleven cats. Does WHS still keep cats only for a very short time, after which they are put to death, regardless of health?

Posted by: montestewart | June 16, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

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