(SIOUX CITY, IA) Authorities seized almost 50 cats from a Sioux City home last night. Neighbors say these cats were left to survive on their own.
Neighbors tell us that they haven't seen the people who lived in the house for more than 2 months, and in that time, a strong odor started coming from the home, which prompted them to call Animal Control to find out what was going on.
"It's been nice and warm lately, and everyone's got their windows open, and the whole neighborhood just smelled bad, just terrible."
William Beldin, a neighbor who lives just down Grandview Boulevard says that was the first indication something was wrong, and his suspicions were right, because shortly after, other neighbors called the Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue Center.
"We responded, and could not locate anyone at the residence, but did notice that there were many cats that had come to the window," says Sioux City Animal Adoption and Rescue's Cindy Rarrat.
46 to be exact, and it took a 6 person team and several hours to round them up, but neighbors say, they didn't get all of them.
"They caught as many as they could, and the rest are here, and as soon as the police come, they'll be catching them again," says Neighbor, Dianne Beldin.
The center says it's watching the house, and working to recover any cats it missed. The cats captured are currently at the Animal Adoption and Rescue Center, being cleaned up and checked out.
But most neighbors are still in shock at what Animal Control found.
"I'm a pet lover, and I don't understand why they need that many in the first place, and then just to leave them all behind like that, is horrible, and then the odors and the smell, and the dead animals in there, you know that's not healthy for the neighborhood," says neighbor, William Beldin.
And neighbors agree, the living conditions were unsuitable for these animals, and they wish the best for the ones that made it out alive.
"I'd like to see the cats, each one of them if their healthy enough, at the vets office, to have a home, where somebody would love and care for them," says Dianne Beldin.
The center tells us, after a court case, the cats will be up for adoption, if they're found to be healthy and ready for a new home.