Woman accused of hoarding 93 cats

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Photo provided by the SPCA</span></div>
March 27, 2009 3:25:25 PM PDT
The outside of the house is beautiful, but looks can be deceiving. The 12-room, two-story house sits on 2 acres of land in Chester Township, New Jersey.

Lieutenant Rick Yocum with the New Jersey SPCA said the inside of the house was "horrific."

He and his officers covered themselves in protective gear, masks on to go inside.

They found mattresses soaked in urine and feces. In some areas, authorities said piles of excrement reached as high as 2 feet.

Garbage was everywhere, even piled up in the oven and microwave.

Cats covered every inch of the place, 93 in all.

Wanda Oughton lives in the house with her two adult children.

In fact, police were here two years ago. Back then there were only 12 cats.

Some of the cats removed from the home were taken to a Morris County veterinary clinic, where they were being assessed.

Officials said they are preparing to file criminal and civil complaints for each cat found in the house.


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