Agents remove cats during Lordstown hoarding investigation

Investigators said the family had more than 50 animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs

Humane agents were back at a Lordstown home Tuesday removing around 40 cats from a suspected hoarding situation.
Fifteen dogs were seized from a Lordstown home in August where as many as 30 to 40 cats, guinea pigs, ferrets and other animals were found.

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Humane agents were back at a Lordstown home Tuesday removing more than 30 cats from a suspected hoarding situation.

They were joined by officers Monday as 11 dogs were taken from the home due to the family having no licenses for the animals. Investigators said the family of three, including a teenage girl, also had guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and other animals.

They were called there after a person reported smelling ammonia from outside of the home. Police said it was hard to breathe in the home due to the deplorable conditions, with cat boxes and cages overflowing with feces.

Despite the poor conditions, Greg Miller, of the Trumbull Animal Cruelty Task Force, said the animals appeared to be cared for. They are working to find homes for the animals.

“These animals all were in, you know, fairly decent shape and taken care of, just other than being overwhelmed with too many of them and some of them reproducing and not being spayed or neutered, which is critical,” he said.

Trumbull County Dog Warden Gwen Logan said they are also looking for volunteer groomers who can help clean the animals. Those interested should contact the Trumbull County Dog Pound at (330) 675-2787.

No one has been charged yet in this case. The Health Department will be holding a hearing with the homeowners Wednesday after the agency took emergency action Monday, declaring the house unfit for human habitation.

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