Over 45 cats found in house

July 30, 2008 12:17:07 AM PDT
In Santa Clara County, animal welfare workers rescued dozens of cats and kittens from a house in Morgan Hill. All of the cats look healthy and friendly, but there were just too many of them in one place.

"It's been a traumatic day for mom," said Nikole Nichols, the Town Cats Director.

Town Cats Shelter in Morgan Hill is now considered home to 30 more cats. The facility was already at capacity when Morgan Hill Animal Control rescued dozens of cats on Tuesday. The majority of them were kittens. It seemed they'd lived their entire lives in Gilbert and Gene Medina's home on Black Walnut Court.

"It was not very sanitary conditions for the animals. There was a tremendous ammonia smell," said Nichols.

"On the ground was feces, on the ground, under cabinets, dressers, and a large amount of cat litter spread on the floor throughout the house," said Sgt. Jerry Neumayer, from the Morgan Hill Police Department.

An anonymous caller told police about two weeks ago, that there was a foul smell coming from the Medina's house and sure enough, about 50 feet from the front door and there's a definite odor in the air.

The couple has lived in this house for years. According to neighbors, they normally keep the door closed and keep to themselves.

"They're really, really nice, we're shocked when all those people were here, maybe 50, stormed the house," said a neighbor.

However, this isn't the first time police have caught them with so many cats. 10 years ago, they found 11 cats in the house. At the time, the Medinas promised to give the cats away, so they were never charged.

This time, their case will be taken to the D.A. The Medinas will likely be charged with animal abuse, which is a misdemeanor.

The animal rescue organization Town Cats is looking for foster homes for the rescued cats and kittens. If you would like to help Town Cats: click here


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