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Putrid Smell Leads Officers To Dozens Of Sick Cats In Trailer

March 1st, 2005, 10:04 AM
DACONO, Colo. -- A Dacono home has been condemned by health officials after dozens of cats were found living inside.

Mountain View firefighters rescued four more cats from the trailer on Saturday, but authorities believe there could be 20 to 30 cats still inside.

The trailer is located on the 1100 block of Maclean Street.

Officials' biggest worry right now is that some of the cats have illnesses that could be passed on to humans.

"I petted them. They have big holes on them from their hair falling and stuff. They're disgusting and they smelled so bad," said neighbor Rebecca Ochoa.

Neighbors said that the horrid smell was something they couldn't avoid.

"Every time it rains or wind blows, we have to use a lot of air freshener," said Robert Espindola.

Dacono police went into the home with a search warrant after several neighbors called to complain. Officers said they found the trailer full of cats who were living among their own feces and urine. Many of felines are in bad shape.

"Some are very, very ill. We had to put two to sleep so far," said Dacono police spokeswoman Kelli Revoir.

Health officials also said there's a hole in the floor where they believe