JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Animal Care & Protective Services (ACPS) rescued and removed 74 cats from a home in Mandarin on Wednesday.
ACPS arrived at the house after friends of the home owner reported that there were more than 50 cats in the house with feces, urine and vomit all over the house.
Outside the house, the service noticed an overwhelming smell of ammonia emanating from the door and window.
The homeowner told ACPS he needed help and let them in. A dead cat was found in the house.
ACPS also noted piles of feces, odors that were “severely irritating to the eyes and nasal passages,” and cats that needed immediate medical attention.
“I have observed several piles of feces, feces that were encrusted on the beds and floors, and urine / splashes on the walls near the floor,” the statement said.
ACPS caught a total of 74 cats.
When asked why the homeowner has so many cats, he said they just show up at his door and need a home.
The house has since been condemned by the Code Enforcement.
There are currently no fees for the home owner. The homeowner asked for help in finding a psychologist.
On Thursday, ACPS announced News4Jax that the cats are settling in their new environment.
“They all received medical exams, vaccinations, dewormers, and flea medication as part of our standard admission protocol,” ACPS said. “Additional medical care is provided as needed in preparation for adoption. 64 of the cats stay with ACPS. 10 are being transported to the Jacksonville Humane Society today. “
ACPS said its greatest need right now is for adoptive parents and foster families for cats and dogs currently available for adoption.
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