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New Rochelle Humane Society Rescues 62 Cats From Condemned Home

Cat rescued from Greenburgh home (credit: Dana Rocco)

Cat rescued from Greenburgh home (credit: Dana Rocco)

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Note: This story was updated on May 22, 2014.

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The New Rochelle Humane Society is trying to find loving homes for dozens of cats that were rescued from a home in Greenburgh last week.

The organization said it rescued more than 62 cats from a home at 55 Riverdale Avenue. The home had been condemned and the property is in foreclosure.

The cats had been kept in a dark, filthy room filled with garbage and infested with flies, the organization said. Some of the felines had been kept in there for years, the Humane Society said.

There were no litter boxes and the animals were found living in dank, cramped cages with barely enough room to lay down, according to the organization.

Most of the cages housed multiple adult cats with as many as four to a single cage, the Humane Society said.

A few of the cats required medical attention and many of them are recovering from the deplorable conditions in which they were kept, the organization said.

“When we first took in all the cats, every cat was absolutely terrified. They were at the back of the cage really overwhelmed, afraid to even move to come to use the litter box or eat,”¬†Shelter Manager Dana Rocco told 1010 WINS. “We’re finding every day there’s another cat at the front of the cage, they’re starting to relax. These are gorgeous cats.”

Tiffany Monterola, assistant manager for the New Rochelle Humane Society, told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller that workers were brought in to assess the animals, but they decided to remove them immediately.

“The ceiling was falling in,” she said. “There was black mold on the walls.”

Rocco said they’re now in desperate need of homes for the animals.

“At this point we need homes for these or for our other cats to make room to absorb these cats in,” Rocco said. “We have cats that have filled up every cage in the room and then we have a room that we normally use for volunteers and orientations that’s filled with cages to accommodate all of these cats.”

Anyone interested in adopting should contact the New Rochelle Humane Society.

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