Clay Township 'cat house' will be condemned

For a second day in a row, St. Joseph County Humane Society officers—wearing respirators--removed cats from a home in Clay Township.

On Monday, crews removed nine cats, today they caught eight more, although one of those died.

The home lies south of Clay High School on Ida Street. A police report indicates that the home was littered with trash and a large amount of animal feces.

The home was so filthy that the health department declared it would be condemned. “Condemn from our purposes means no one can live there, you are ordered to vacate and the home is unlivable, it’s unfit for human habitation, it does not mean it necessarily has to be torn down,” said Marc Nelson with the St. Joseph County Health Department. “It’s condemned until it’s repaired to our standards.”

Police were first called to the home on Monday because the owner had not been seen for days.

The owner told NewsCenter 16 that he no longer lived there, but returned frequently to care for the animals.

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