112 cats, dog rescued from North Las Vegas home

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Dozens of animals were removed from a home in North Las Vegas on Thursday, with conditions so bad inside paramedics had to be called in to treat animal control officers.

Clark County Animal Control and North Las Vegas Animal Control spent six hours removing 112 cats and one dog from the home. 

The home is located on Harp Way, near Gowan Road and Revere Street. The city of North Las Vegas deemed the home uninhabitable, in part because detectives said  the air conditioner did not work and there was no running water.

"The conditions were horrid," said Gina Greisen of Nevada Voters for Animals.

While it's dangerous for the cats, it was also dangerous for first responders because an animal hoarder's home typically has high ammonia levels because it's so unsanitary. In this incident, some animal workers had to be treated and at least one person was sent to the hospital.

At least one neighbor said the cats sounded like they were arguing before Thursday night's developments.

"It sounded like people fighting to be honest," said Demario Hall. "Like humans, like how we fight. You hear people argue, that's what it sounded like."

Andy Bischel, Director of Development for the Animal Foundation, said the cats are now in recovery there, but space is limited.

"A big hoarding case like this puts a strain on us and that's why we want to get the word out that we need fosters to get the animals that we have in the shelter now," he said.

The 47-year-old woman who lived in the home was also taken to the hospital. It's unclear if she was the homeowner. 

The Animal Foundation said they are still finalizing details about potential fostering and adoption of the cats because they are technically still property of the owner. 

Charges against the woman are pending.


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