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Mobile home crawling with cats in Hernando County

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From the outside, the mobile home looks like any other along High Point Boulevard in Hernando County.

What's on the inside, though, has neighbors like Judith Mottran at her wits' end, and animal control officials ready to take action.

"It is breaking my heart. I happen to be an animal lover myself, and when I see those animals, I just can't handle it," Mottran said.

The home is crawling with dozens of cats of every size, color and breed -- many sitting on a feces-and-urine covered mattress in the living room.

Next-door neighbor Nancy Whitney-Conway says the stench is unbearable.

"It just smelled so terrible you couldn't hang clothes out, you couldn't enjoy your backyard or anything," Conway said.

Investigators say the owner moved out of the home in December, but left the cats behind.

She returns to feed them, but the neighbors call the living conditions inhumane, and have complained to anyone who will listen.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office began citing the owner, and the health department has deemed the home a public health nuisance.

Now the owner has until the end of the month to find homes for the cats, or she will face charges of animal neglect.

The sheriff's office is coordinating with rescue groups to take the cats if the owner turns them over.

From the outside, themobile home looks like any other along High Point Boulevard in Hernando County.

 

What's on the inside,though, has neighbors like Judith Mottran at her wits' end, and animal controlofficials ready to take action.

 

"It is breaking myheart. I happen to be an animal lover myself, and when I see those animals, Ijust can't handle it," Mottran said.

 

The home is crawlingwith dozens of cats of every size, color and breed -- many sitting on afeces-and-urine covered mattress in the living room.

 

Next-door neighborNancy Whitney-Conway says the stench is unbearable.

"It just smelled so terrible you couldn't hang clothes out, you couldn'tenjoy your backyard or anything," Conway said.

 

Investigators say theowner moved out of the home in December, but left the cats behind.

 

She returns to feedthem, but the neighbors call the living conditions inhumane, and havecomplained to anyone who will listen.

 

The Hernando CountySheriff's Office began citing the owner, and the health department has deemedthe home a public health nuisance.

 

Now the owner has untilthe end of the month to find homes for the cats, or she will face charges ofanimal neglect.

 

The sheriff's office iscoordinating with rescue groups to take the cats if the owner turns them over.

From the outside, the mobile home looks like any other along High Point Boulevard in Hernando County.

What's on the inside, though, has neighbors like Judith Mottran at her wits' end, and animal control officials ready to take action.

"It is breaking my heart. I happen to be an animal lover myself, and when I see those animals, I just can't handle it," Mottran said.

The home is crawling with dozens of cats of every size, color and breed -- many sitting on a feces-and-urine covered mattress in the living room.

Next-door neighbor Nancy Whitney-Conway says the stench is unbearable.

"It just smelled so terrible you couldn't hang clothes out, you couldn't enjoy your backyard or anything," Conway said.

Investigators say the owner moved out of the home in December, but left the cats behind.

She returns to feed them, but the neighbors call the living conditions inhumane, and have complained to anyone who will listen.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office began citing the owner, and the health department has deemed the home a public health nuisance.

Now the owner has until the end of the month to find homes for the cats, or she will face charges of animal neglect.

The sheriff's office is coordinating with rescue groups to take the cats if the owner turns them over.

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