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Animal Neglect Case Investigated In St. Albans

Reported: Jun. 3, 2014 10:15 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 3, 2014 10:20 PM EDT
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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) A case of animal neglect is being investigated in St. Albans. Several cats, and at least one dog were found living in filthy conditions.

Driving past the home on 7th Avenue, you'd never suspect anything was going on there. But two young neighbor girls recently spotted more than a dozen cats running around the home, and when they went around back, what they saw brought them to tears..

Julia VanCamp and her friend Alexis Bucklen are pretty upset about what they saw at a home right in their neighborhood.

"It was disgusting...just the poop, the trash, all the flies all around it," VanCamp said.

"I was crying when we saw it. It was horrible," said Bucklen.

They report seeing several cats and a beagle locked inside a sunroom. They snapped a handful of cell phone pictures, showing piles of feces and urine soaked carpeting with garbage piles everywhere.

"It makes me sick. I don't know who would want to do that do an animal," Bucklen said.

Without any food or water in sight, the condition of the animals worried them.

"They had scratches on the sides of them and one cat could barely walk," said Bucklen.

So we called the St. Albans humane officer. He took us around the property, and could see the mess through the windows.

"Yeah, we got feces don't we," the officer said.

Minutes later, the person living in the home walked up and the officer told her what these two young girls suspected: the animals need medical attention.

Eyewitness News asked the owner, "Do you want to say anything about the condition your animals are living in?"

The owner did not respond.

She might not have answers for us, but she'll now have to answer to the humane officer, who's given her 48 hours to clean up and get the pets treatment or they will be taken away. The little girls who stumbled on the situation, just hope the animals will get the help they need.

"They need love more than anything," said Bucklen.

And we willl follow up with the humane officer Thursday to let you know what happens.



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