A block away from our home is the cutest house ever.
It almost looks like a little cottage out of a storybook and I've always loved the look of it.
Back in the spring of 2003 the house was put up for sale and my mom, who has also loved it, wanted to see the inside of the home.
She would call the realtor, but could never get a showing because as soon as there was interest, they would take it off the market. It was so strange.
Watching the news one summer night explained why the For Sale sign kept getting taken down.
Neighbors had called the health department on the two women that owned the house.
They were being reported for a smell coming from their home.
City officials responded and quickly removed 78 cats and 2 dogs from the home.
In a small 2 bedroom cottage on the corner.
Recently I was visiting with my friend who lives next door to the former Cat Group Home and I commented on what a great job the new owners have done with the place. That's when she told me that when they began building their addition and started digging, they found graves of cats in plastic bags.
The health department again was called out and they discovered over 80 buried cats on the property.
Little did I know all along I was admiring a cat cemetery, not a cottage that could be found in a
Thomas Kinkaid painting.
My friend said that the new owners had to completely re-gut the house and put all new stuff in to get rid of the smell of the cat urine left behind. The paper reported that Animal control officers could smell the urine while standing 50 feet from their home.
I had never been that close to the house, instead just admiring it from a distance, so I had no idea.
What my Mom and I thought looked good on the outside was actually unlivable on the inside.
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