38 cats, one canine rescued from ‘completely uninhabitable’ Jefferson house

JEFFERSON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – Authorities rescued more than three dozen cats and a dog from a Jefferson home on Wednesday, including a mother cat and her four day-old kittens.

The Jefferson County Humane Society and Jefferson City Police Department rescued the animals from a hoarding situation during a four-hour search of the home, according to a press release.

Jeff Okazaki, executive director of the Humane Society, described the house as “scary”. In some places, the shelter staff reported that the piles of dirt and animal waste were almost knee-high.

“The conditions inside were a living nightmare, utterly uninhabitable,” said Okazaki.

Okazaki noticed that a pit bull mix dog was stuck in the basement of the house for its entire life. He also said they expected more animals to come out and would not be surprised if they saved 50 animals.

All 39 animals have been returned to HUMAN society and will undergo a medical evaluation prior to adoption.

The house was later convicted by the Jefferson County Health Department and police are still investigating, the Humane Society said.

Humane Society added that anyone interested in adopting an animal, assisting in caring for it, or assisting a future rescue can visit their website.

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