Waterford Township police find 'uninhabitable' cat house

Waterford Township officials condemn home after 30 cats found inside along with 'ankle deep' feces


WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Waterford Police Department said officers responded to a complaint Tuesday about a woman living with cats at a home in the 3000 block of Airport Road.

Upon arriving at the home, the 50-year-old woman living there would not come to the door at first, police said. Officers reached her by phone and eventually got her to come to the door.

Officers could smell a strong odor of cat urine coming from the woman's clothing. They attempted to enter the home to check the animals' welfare and to see if anyone else was living there. However, they had to leave after being overcome by the smell of feces.

Waterford Township firefighters, wearing HazMat suits and breathing apparatus equipment, entered the home. They found the inside conditions to be "deplorable and uninhabitable." The entire bathtub was filled with cat feces and there were cat feces "ankle deep" throughout the residence, police said.

Oakland County Animal Control officers found 30 cats in the home but couldn't rescue the animals until Friday.

Township officials placed condemned signs on the home. The woman was removed from the home.

The case was turned over to Animal Control for prosecution and is under investigation.