You could see them in the windows, beneath the mattress and even in the walls.
"Inside, the conditions are completely deplorable. There's feces all over. The urination has penetrated into the wood. The walls are ripped apart completely," says Adam Lamb, with the SPCA of Florida.
Dozens of cats were left inside the abandoned home. They've destroyed every inch of it and the smell is horrendous.
"We've been fighting this for so long and it just feels so great that it didn't go on longer, and it would've been worse," says Nancy Whitney-Conway, who lives next door.
Neighbors say they've been living here for the last six months. They say the owner brought food and water for the cats every few days but was simply overwhelmed.
SPCA Florida drove in from Lakeland to rescue the cats.
"It was another world inside. It's unbelievable. The scent that hits you in your eyes and your face. You can only stay in about 10 minutes then you have to come out and breath. I almost felt dizzy walking out," says Dr. Kim Domokos, an SPCA Florida veterinarian.
LINK: SPCA photos from inside the home
All of the cats will be taken back to Lakeland where they'll be cleaned up and checked out by veterinarians.
"A lot of the kittens were walking right up to us and purring when we grabbed them. So that's a good sign. Most of them seem adoptable and amazingly healthy so a lot of them will be adopted to good homes," Dr. Domokos said.
SPCA Florida rescued 42 cats today but weren't able to get to all of them. Workers left food and water for the remaining cats, and the SPCA plans to return Monday to trap the remaining cats.
For more information: http://www.spcaflorida.org/adopt/spca-florida-shelter/
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