82 cats, 1 dog confiscated from west Houston home

Houston SPCA animal control officers confiscated 82 cats and one dog from a west Houston home today.

The home is located in the 11700 block of Wickhollow at Moorwick.

The cats and dog were removed and placed into pet carriers and taken to a shelter. The animals were checked out by a vet. Several of the cats suffered from heat exhaustion along with other skin and upper respiratory conditions.

In addition to the live animals, two feline skeletons were also recovered at the scene, according to HSPSCA authorities.

Animal control officers say conditions in the home were poor. Urine and feces, they say, were throughout the house.

Houston SPCA's spokeswoman Tara Yurkshat said, "The cats have taken over. ... We don't know how long this has been going on."

At least one cat got away from animal control officers.

The next-door neighbor says he's called his pest control company to have his yard sprayed for fleas.

There's no word yet on whether animal cruelty charges will be filed in this case.

Neighbors say the homeowner is a middle-aged geologist who lives alone. No one was at the home when Eyewitness News was on the scene.

Stay with Eyewitness News for more details as they become available.
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