Dozens of cats seized from Northland home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Animal control officers removed more than 100 cats, alive and dead, from a home in the Northland Monday afternoon.

Northland residents in the 3700 block of North Bales Avenue said on Monday that they've been dealing with a foul odor for over a year now.

"It's really been terrible, you can't sit outside, you can't have a barbecue," said Marzella Blackmon who lives next door to the house.

The stench that neighbors smelled was coming from cats in the neighbor's home.

But it's not a few of them. Around noon, neighbors called animal control to report the foul smell.

Animal Control said on Tuesday they found 120 cats alive in the home, many of them suffering from respiratory problems. Another 28 cats were dead when authorities arrived. Some of the deceased cats were found inside a freezer.

The workers lined up at least four crates to fit all the living cats inside. Neighbors told NBC Action News this is not the first police visit to the home; a postman reported a smell last year and police entered the home only to come out holding their noses, and telling Blackmon that they found more than 50,000 cockroaches.

Now Blackmon said those rodents are coming into her home.

"I don't really have the money to hire a professional to spray, and it makes me mad that she isn't doing anything about it," said Blackmon.

And as a result of animal control taking the animals from the home, Blackmon is extremely happy that this problem is fixed.

Kansas City police took the homeowner away in handcuffs. Authorities said Tuesday she was charged with municipal charges of cruelty, too many animals and control of odor.



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