May 12, 2014 4:38 pm

Crews begin process of cleaning up Beach cat house

ABOVE: Why is Toronto Fire Service investigating the house in the Beach neighbourhood? Global’s Mark Carcasole has the answer, as well as more details about the “cat house” 

TORONTO – City crews are onsite in the Beach neighbourhood today to clean up a house that was formerly overrun by feral cats.

The Toronto Fire Service is also on scene to make sure the house is up to code.

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Animal services had to intervene when the home was littered with dozens of four-legged felines last September.

The situation was so bad that it had become a health issue for residents in the neighbourhood.

Reports prepared on the health of the cats at the time revealed that many were riddled with parasites, malnourished and fighting chronic infection.

During the initial clean-up operation, 47 cats were captured on the premises.

“We have also housed the cats, spayed, neutered and adopted all of them except these two,” Dr. Jonathan Mitelman said pointing to the two cats pictured above at the Kingston Road Animal Hospital said.

(People looking to adopt the cats can call the hospital at 416-690-0625)

Neighbours say the owner of the home lived at the location for over a decade and has always loved cats.

But when word of that spread, people began dumping their unwanted cats on her.

After the home owner’s mother died five years ago, neighbors say the number of cats increased and the house fell into disrepair.

The clean-up operation is expected to last three days.

 

© Shaw Media, 2014

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