WOODBRIDGE - Authorities say they found about 100 cats inside a Middlesex County condominium that was covered in feces, urine and garbage.
The state Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recovered dozens of cats and kittens Tuesday from the Woodbridge condominium.
The SPCA says some were dead. Others were living inside the attic and walls.
Officials say hazmat crews were called in due to the smell of animal waste and likely decaying cats.
“There’s a lot of urine-soaked furniture, and a little bit of a flooding situation on the floor,” says NJSPCA’s Cpl. Tim Kennedy.
Several cats have been taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
June Dennis says she and her husband tried to take care of the cats after her cousin died, but says they multiplied too quickly.
Her husband, Richard, says he's in foreclosure and bankruptcy. He says all of his money goes toward cat food.
"I couldn’t afford it, it just escalated, I didn’t have the money,” says Richard Dennis. “I tried to get people to help me out and work with me, but I would make phone calls and not get any back, it just got out of control.” He continued, “It was very hard trying to keep up with the smell and everything like that, but in a kind of a way I’m glad it can go to a foreclosure the way it did."
Charges haven't been filed.
The situation in Woodbridge was one of two apparent animal-hoarding cases to be revealed Tuesday. In Colts Neck, officials removed 36 cats from a home on Magnolia Lane.
The Monmouth County SPCA says that some of those cats suffered from respiratory and eye issues, but all are expected to survive.
More cats were found outside the home and will need to be rounded up.