Eleven cats were rescued from a Valley Stream home on Feb. 12, according to officials from the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
According to SPCA Board President Gary Rogers, the organization received a call from the Nassau County Police Department about the cats late in the afternoon on Feb. 11, but SPCA detectives could not go over to the house that day because it was without power, and the rescuers needed light.
Then, when the SPCA detectives went to the house at Trafalgar Square the next day, they found between 15 to 25 cats living among garbage, floors covered in feline excrement and urine, and a bathroom containing two-feet of human feces. One cat was dead.
“When the cats were brought out of the house, it was probably the first time they breathed fresh air,” Rogers said, noting that in his more than 30 years on the job, this was one of the worst houses he has seen.
SPCA officials were expected to return to the house on Feb. 13 to rescue the rest of the cats. Rogers said the detectives put baby powder around the cats’ food to count how many are living in the home, and ensure that every cat is rescued.