Police said they found nearly two dozen cats in deplorable conditions Tuesday during a search of a home in Monroe.
They also found 13 deceased kittens, and a deceased cat.
The cats were found after police served a search warrant in the 17700 block of 152nd Street Southeast. The 83-year-old homeowner was taken to Providence Hospital in Everett for an evaluation.
“The team, with the assistance of Posado’s Safe Haven, the Community Cat Coalition and a licensed veterinarian went through the house to assess the cats found inside as well as their living conditions,” a Monroe Police statement said. “Animal feces was found throughout the home, the living conditions were deplorable. All team members wore protective clothing and masks.”
The living cats were taken to the Everett Animal Shelter where they will be examined to assess their health and welfare.
Monroe police said the house came to the attention of a community service officer after complaints from neighbors of a large number of flying bugs coming from the property and a smell.
“Several attempts to contact the owner and notices to clean the property were met with opposition,” a police statement said. The case is referred to prosecutors for possible charges.
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