Almost 100 cats, some of them dead, were removed from a New Jersey couple's home Tuesday and Wednesday as officials warned the situation constituted a health hazard.
The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told CBS New York that some of the animals had been living in the walls of Richard and June Dennis' Woodbridge condominum.
"There’s a lot of cat urine all over the floors, on the furniture,” Tim Kennedy of the NJSPCA told the station. “Cats are up into the rafters. There are pieces of sheet rock that have been removed."
No charges have yet been filed against the couple. June Dennis told CBS New York that her cousin had come to live with them several months ago and brought some of the cats with him. She said the cats multiplied after he died.
Richard Dennis told News 12 New Jersey he was forced to declare bankruptcy after spending all his money on cat food.
"I couldn’t afford it, it just escalated, I didn’t have the money,” says Richard Dennis. “I tried to get people to help me out and work with me, but I would make phone calls and not get any back, it just got out of control."
CBS New York reported that at least seven cat corpses were removed from the home. An exact number of rescued animals was not immediately available.