Photo: Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center

Nearly 200 Cats Removed From Hoarding Situation In West Bloomfield

"This is the worst animal hoarding case I have seen in my entire career."

May 20, 2019 - 8:00 pm

PONTIAC, Mich. (WWJ) -- The Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center is seeking animal neglect and abuse charges against a West Bloomfield Township homeowner in what is being called the largest animal hoarding case in Oakland County history.

Photo: Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center
Animal control officers removed 178 cats from a home in the 1700 block of Elsie Drive in West Bloomfield over the last three days. Officials say 60 cats rescued from the hoarding situation have been humanely euthanized because of severe illness or aggression.

"This is the worst animal hoarding case I have seen in my entire career," Oakland County Animal Shelter & Pet Adoption Center Manager Bob Gatt said in a press release. "These cats were living in deplorable conditions. They were not provided with the adequate care necessary to maintain good health."

Officials say many of the cats that were removed from the house were suffering from a variety of health issues, including upper respiratory infections, fleas, skin infections, ear mites, and malnutrition.

Several female cats have also given birth since arriving at the shelter, officials said.

An animal control officer responded to the home on April 24 to perform a welfare check on cats believed to be abandoned inside. When the officer looked through the home’s windows, she spotted at least a half-dozen cats who appeared to be somewhat ill and left with no food and water in unsanitary living conditions.

The homeowner's name was not disclosed.