Councillor Josh Matlow

680News: More than 50 cats removed from a North Toronto home

Dozens of cats have been removed from a home on Manor Road in midtown near Mt. Pleasant, south of Eglinton.

The OSPCA said when they arrived at the home, they discovered more than 50 cats roaming the house. The woman has surrendered ownership of the animals.

One by one the terrified animals were carefully placed into cages by investigators dressed in hazmat suits and masks to block the overwhelming stench.

The home was littered with urine and feces which David, who lives two doors down, could smell.

“It’s becoming upsetting over the last little while and I think it’s too much. Especially when a lot of these people(in the neighbourhood) are pet owners, and myself being a dog owner, it’s upsetting when animals aren’t treated very well.” David told 680News.

Neighbours who knew the 63-year-old say it began when one of the cats was accidentally let out, and came back pregnant…the situation spiralled from there…

Local councillor Josh Matlow told 680News it went on for too long.

“When everyone in the neighbourhood seemed to know what was going on why did it take years for fire and the police to go in and rescue these cats.”

Most of the cats in the home are adults however some are kittens.

All of the animals have been taken to shelters and will be inspected by a vet.

Authorities say the home owner has been charged with animal cruelty.

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