YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — An East Side house where humane agents removed 17 cats Wednesday was condemned Thursday.
The house in the 1000 block of State Street has holes in the roof, no utilities and exposed wiring, officials with the city code enforcement department said.
The house was so bad, police and code enforcement officers had to wear protective boots over their shoes and pant legs. Code Enforcement Director Mike Durkin said the situation was “deplorable.”
“Holes in every floor, every dealing. A lot of feces and urine in the house,” he said.
The man who lives in the house, a veteran, agreed to be taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center to be examined.
The man had no running water and no gas. Durkin said the house belonged to the man’s deceased cousin and that he had been living there for at least 10 years.
“Seventy-five to 80%, if you want to go a little higher, of the people that we deal with in these situations it’s all mental illness,” Durkin said.
The house sits less than a block from Albert Street. Authorities learned of it earlier this week after a car was reportedly firebombed out front.
“The neighbors then provided videotape to the fire department that suggested that it was the gentleman living here that did it. When the fire department arrived, they called us and said they may need some help,” Durkin said.
Seventeen cats were found then, most of them in a grassy field outside the house. Humane agents believe the man living at the house had been leaving out food to feed them. Several of them have injuries to their faces. They are being treated at Animal Charity.
Another cat was found outside Thursday and trapped. Humane agents plan to come back every couple of days and see if there are any more cats outside.
Officials also found two dead cats inside the house.
The house is expected to be torn down later this month.