Dozens of cats rescued from Southeast Memphis home

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - More than 100 cats were confiscated Wednesday from a Memphis home.

Memphis Animal Service workers spent hours at the house at the end of Cannondale Cove in Southeast Memphis bringing out crates filled with cats.

People who live along Cannondale Cove knew their neighbor at the end of the black rescued cats, but never suspected this many lived beyond her front door.

"My neighbor called me and said they found more than 120 cats on Cannondale," said neighbor Christy Day, "and I said, 'what?'"

"She used to sit out on the porch all the time and we had no idea she had that many cats," said neighbor A.J. Kansal.

At least six workers in protective gear made countless trips in and out of the home rescuing the cats.  The smell from the house caused one worker to vomit when he left the house.

Workers went from room to room in the house, which they described as that of a hoarder, searching for the cats.

Chuck and Candace Martin have lived next door to the neighborhood "cat lady" for a decade.

"You hear about it on the news when you have this quantity of animals," Chuck Martin said.  "Not next door."

"Two weeks ago I asked her how many she had and she said a lot," Candace Martin said.

Neighbors said the homeowner has been in the hospital since Monday with an infection and may have alerted animal control herself.

All cats are being housed in a number of area shelters.

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