SANTA ANA (CBS) — Officials described the smell on the outside of a Santa Ana house as overpowering.
But when they went inside, they were truly taken aback. And it was much worse. Rescuers had to wear respirators to breathe.
Seven people — five adults and two children — and 110 cats living in a 900-square foot home.
Authorities told CBS2’s Stacey Butler that urine and feces were soaked into the carpet.
Some of the cats were in bad medical condition and at least 20 had to be euthanized.
The homeowner reportedly police that his wife was running a non-profit cat rescue but that they lost control.
The woman and her daughter are facing a variety of animal cruelty charges.
Minors who were staying in the house have been sent to live with other relatives.