Skip to comments.52 cats taken from Elkhart woman's home
Posted on 03/13/2010 2:27:28 PM PST by Chet 99
52 cats and one dog were removed from the home of a 76 year old Elkhart woman Tuesday by Elkhart Police Department's animal control officer and Humane Society workers.
Elkhart Humane Society Assistant Director Rachel Dennis says the cats and dog are all in poor health, suffering from respiratory problems, matted eyes and infested with insects.
Adult Protective Services was called to assist the 76 year old woman who was living in the feces covered trailer. The woman is now living with a family member.
Elkhart Police say a maintenance worker at Four Season Trailer Park flagged down an animal control officer of the Elkhart Police department Tuesday morning. Police say that worker told the officer of a cat problem.
When officers went into the home, police say they found conditions described as horrendous and unsafe for anyone to live in.
As many as 10 to 15 cats may still be hiding in the trailer.
The Humane Society says it is taking care of the animals at its shelter, but needs towels and cat food to help the process.
where were the woman’s family/relatives?
I know older adults can be firecly independent, but where were family members..No visits?
Who wants to play “52 Feline Pickup”?
That is absolutely disgusting, how can people live like that?
The funny part is that there is an Arm and Hammer bottle in the 3rd picture! I wonder when she finally put that down and figured, what is the point? 10 years ago?
HA HA HA
I feel really feel bad if someone else owned this thing. I have heard some wretched stories of people having to clean up some despicable houses. I would just demolish this thing. Then again, illegal immigrants are good for something... LOL
The woman is now living with a family member.??????????????
My first thought!
Perhaps they should check that residence. All in the family?
IMHO pet collections are a substitute for lack of human contact.
I love how she has the Arm & Hammer cleaning spray next to the litter box. Too little.....way too late.
Finally living with a family member. It’s about time. Or at least keep an eye on her.
...in a related story, 52 cats decided to let a 76 yr old woman move in with them provided she had enough social security money to buy them food and an occasional newspaper to play with.....
Sorry to interrupt your smug church-lady superiority but please try to have a shred of compassion and note the woman's age.
This is typical of the early to mid stages of senior dementia, perhaps Alzheimer's, an actual physical disease of the brain and nervous system.
Those-who-claim-moral-superiority kitty ping
Wait that reads terrible, I didn’t mean you. Others on the thread (sorry).
Its kind of sad really. This woman loves animals. She either couldn’t afford to have her first cats fixed or never thought of it, and they multiplied and she just didn’t have the heart to part with them and she got overwhelmed. I feel really sorry for her. I have 3 cats right now, 2 more than I wanted. But these tiny helpless kittens show up wet and cold and crying and I can’t just turn my back on them. I took in 3 tiny kittens last year and I managed to give away one but now the other 2 are grown. I just took them yesterday and had them fixed. I don’t know what I am going to do when kitten season rolls around again and the usual lost kittens show up. We don’t have an animal shelter.
A parasite endemic in cats, a protozoan called Toxoplasma gondii, is readily transmitted to humans and sometimes causes schizophrenia and other mental and behavioral problems. In effect, a parasite carried by cats may have made the woman crazy enough to keep dozens of cats and let her home fall into squalor.
With that many cats, she wouldn’t have to have had anything wrong with her for her house to fall into squalor. That many cats can make an awful mess. Its an effort keeping up with 3 cats. I can’t imagine 52.
Notably, the parasite also infects rats and causes them to become reckless, which in turn makes them easier for cats to catch.
Trying to have her declared incompetent so that they could do something for her if she was unwilling and/or incapable?
People of sound mind, legally at least, have a right to go to Heck in a handbasket of their own making.
Once again, I jump to being judgemental...yeesh.
Its a possibility. But I have seen these situations before. It usually starts with just one or two and they reproduce and on it goes. Cats can reproduce at an alarming rate. It probably took no more than 3 years to get this many cats, plus she probably took in every stray that came along.
Classic hoarder profile. Single woman over 50, no family around. Probably several dead kitties lying around and in the freezer too.
Just looking at the woman's picture made me think both nutty and slutty -- and that toxoplasmosis is associated with not just lack of energy, schizophrenia, and other mental problems, but also a tendency toward promiscuity.
May owner, kittehs, and goggie get the help they need.
I have owned lots of cats in my life and yes if left to breed they can lead to this kind of squalor. It requires work to keep their litter area clean, their bedding area clean, and usually they will bed where they want to. You have to train them not to claw stuff, they go outside and get dirty from rolling around and bring the dirt back in. They are wonderful pets just like a dog but if you made no effort to keep a dog clean or housebreak it and then never clean up after it and let it breed constantly, it would be a bigger mess then these cats made. You can't get more pets then you can take care of. It will get out of hand. I still say this woman got overwhelmed and just let them go. It looks like she fed them cause there is food all over the place. The litter pan looks bad but it has been scooped out or it would have been full to the top with waste. I saw one like that once. The poor cat was crapping on top of crap. But if you figure 2 female cats have a litter each of say 5 kittens. Thats 12 cats. They can have 2 litters a year. If half of those are females, thats 7 females or 14 females in one year, thats just females. I haven't even counted the males. Then those 14 females will breed at 9 monthes each having around 5 kittens. So you see how she could have that many cats in just a few years.
I still think that there is something wrong with the woman. Cats may be immensely appealing, but no one in their full senses lets their numbers and one’s living conditions get out of control.
Oh definitely there is something wrong with her. Probably lazy and slovenly to begin with but then at her age she was probably sick, too. She just let the cats take over. I saw an episode of Animal Cops where this happened to a man. He had a nice brick house and he had over 300 cats roaming around inside. They had totally destroyed the house. The guy had moved out and left the house to the cats. He said he couldn’t take care of them anymore so he left. There is something wrong with people like that. It would all be so different if people would just spay or nueter their animals. I have 3 dogs and 3 cats and they are all fixed except one old male dog and hes too old to nueter and hes in a fenced in yard.
Where did you see her picture? I looked in the link and I didn’t see her picture anywhere.
My mistake. I thought that post # 6 was a picture of the woman.
kitty kitty wok wok
That said...it’s good that the lady has gotten some help..and the cats have found Wo Fats restaurant. Cook ‘em Dano
More so than we like to accept, biology and biochemistry shape and can even call the shots as to what we do and who we are.
I agree, but you do sound kind of like an apologist for people with disorders and an inability to conform to society’s norms.
Certainly in the most extreme cases, mental disorders “all the shots as to what we do and who we are.” But I wonder how often people make that same excuse with depression or their addictive personalities? It seems to me, in too many cases people aren’t making the effort to progress in their lives. We see even normal people that make excuses, so of course it is no surprise that people with emotional problems will do the same.
I do believe that when someone puts themselves in a position to be depressed, they tend to make excuses to not do the right things and the beat themselves up while telling themselves they are depressed. When this happens, of course there is a chemical imbalance. From what I understand, people by nature are habit driven and our system will eventually feel like it needs these chemicals and the problem can become self perpetuating.
But, the cycle can be broken without drugs, and like all things in life it takes hard work.
For most people, it takes socialization, eating better, drinking more water, working out, getting more Sun and just living better. It isn’t an easy thing to do for a lot of people.
Now, I don’t want to overgeneralize. I think there are a lot of people that seem to have it all, and for some reason are depressed or anxious.
Once again, I think hard work and possibly some important realizations are the key, and instead of worrying about how to deal with chemicals (most of the time with drugs) I think counseling is the best avenue most of the time.
To make clear, in dealing with mental and medical issues, as with other burdens, we all have a responsibility to do what we can to deal with our problems. No matter how often we stumble and fall, we have to keep going.
Nevertheless, our bodies have limits and defects. We cannot sensibly pretend that the blind can see and paraplegics can stand up and walk if they will themselves to do so. Neither can we suppose that serious mental problems can be banished through an effort of will. We must instead take measure of those problems and look for treatments and cures. And, no matter what, we keep going as long and as well as we can.
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