CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – More than three dozen cats were seized Thursday from a home in Lower Allen Township after deputy sheriffs showed up to evict the woman living there.
“Once they opened the windows, the minute we pulled in our driveway you could smell it,” said Amanda Wolfe, who lives next door to the nuisance home and was around when authorities showed up for an initial visit Wednesday.
A day later, the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team was called in to wrangle up the 37 felines as the woman was led away.
The response team operates in every one of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and is only called in for law enforcement situations. They are not a shelter.
“They had huge face masks on, like air masks. They were covered with gloves and protective gear on to go in,” said Wolfe.
Public records show the Scarsdale Drive home was bought in November by an investment group for less than half of its value. The woman who had been living there for decades, neighbors said, never moved out.
Several neighbors told us she stopped paying her taxes, which led to last year’s sale and subsequent eviction.
One man said he ended up adopting kittens he believes came from the woman’s home.
“There was always some loose in the neighborhood,” said Joel Chambers, whose property sits diagonally from the cat home. “When we found the kittens behind our house, we didn’t want to just leave them there.”
Neighbors told us they’ve used the TNR method – trap, neuter and release – but the cats keep multiplying and spreading throughout the area.
The cats are now in the care of the Humane Society of Harrisburg. It’s unknown if or when they’ll be put up for adoption.