Photos show squalor inside suspected Madison County cat hoard

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. – The couple behind a suspected cat hoard in Madison County turned over four more cats on Thursday, as investigators released photos from inside showing filthy surfaces and feces.

Anderson’s Animal Protection League had to find somewhere to put the animals, as they are crowded beyond capacity.

The shelter staff said they recovered six cats from the home on South 750 West on Wednesday night, along with the four they received on Thursday afternoon.

“I found myself getting really angry last night because it’s so preventable,” said Maleah Stringer, with the Animal Protection League.

Health department officials condemned the home on Wednesday but had to get the help of the owners to try and wrangle some of the cats. Pictures from inside show deplorable conditions, a situation Stringer said is taxing on groups like hers.

“Every time you hear about one of these things, that they’re coming, it’s a sense of dread,” she said.

In fact, she still has dozens of cats from a different hoard back in March.

The new felines will all have to be checked out by a state veterinarian, set for Friday. Stringer said they likely have flea and tick issues and will need significant dental work.

“We are already full, from June until October is when we take in our most intakes. We’ve taken in 438 kittens,” she said.

Neighbors reported the home’s odor to authorities. Many neighbors said it’s been an ongoing problem with cats running wild.

The woman at the home was cited for the wild cats back in June, using a county ordinance.

This time may be more serious, as the case is forwarded to the county prosecutor for review.

In the meantime, the cats will call the shelter home.

“We’ll try to get them healthy, get them rescued, fostered,” said Stringer.

She said it could take at least a month for the cats to be healthy enough to be adopted out.