Today in Florida: 72 Cats Rescued from Hoarder’s Home

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Mar. 19, 2014

 

The next time your roommate yells at you for not doing the dishes, just remind them that things could always be worse; at least you’re not a cat hoarder. At least the police and animal rescue teams don’t have to enter your home while wearing hazmat suits because the place is so disgusting. That’s exactly what happened to one Fort Myers Shores, Florida woman, Sandra Berkshire. After an anonymous tip, 72 cats were rescued from squalid conditions, living in stacks of cages, and burrowing through their own urine and feces.  While this sounds like the conditions of my dorm room sophomore year of college, this is no way to live for some cute cats that need a loving home.

Who is going to rescue the college students?

Local animal shelters are now overflowing with the cats that are being treated for medical issues. Neighbors of Berkshire came to her defense saying that they knew she had been taking in stray cats for the past ten years, but that her heart was in the right place. No one claims they knew that there was a hoarding problem, except I’m guessing whoever phoned in that anonymous tip to the police.  One neighbor Geof Greene told reporters he doesn’t think Animal Services should have taken away her “pets.”

"She was taking care of the cats, she was feeding them every week - you could see all the bags of litter set out. So she's looking after them, no matter how many were in there. She was on top of it," Greene said.

Berkshire doesn’t like being labeled a hoarder either, she says she wanted to find homes for the cats but things got out of control.  No word on if she likes being labeled a crazy cat lady. She has plenty of company as in Lee Country Florida alone there are 52 known cases of hoarders. That’s like an entire season of the TV show Hoarders . Get your popcorn ready! On second thought, never eat while watching Hoarders. Trust me:

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21 comments
Ron Matuszewski
Ron Matuszewski

yes i agree but to fine her and try to take her house is not the answer

Daryle Panek
Daryle Panek

it is when it becomes a health hazard for those around this home. also common sense should come into play

Xifumouse
Xifumouse User

Those cats had a better chance of surviving in that home than in the shelter where they would be put down after a couple days if no one adopt them.

rooner15
rooner15 User

Hearts in the right place just got overwhelmed, peace out catless lady

James Wood
James Wood

Sounds like my ex got lose again

Curry Russell
Curry Russell

is it really rescue and 90 percent of these cats we put to sleep

Briar Pruney
Briar Pruney

I'd only have that many cats if I lived on a farm and could properly feed them all.

Jason Jordan
Jason Jordan

Christy.....for all your cat lady friends!

James Fenlon
James Fenlon

Diane O Neill this is why we're not getting a 3rd cat!

Ron Matuszewski
Ron Matuszewski

Deemed unlivable... tell that to the millions that are homeless

COHockey
COHockey User

Ok if you want to horde them FINE, but dont make them live in cages full of SHIT you stupid old hag. Maybe someone should put this nutbar in cage and leave it on the rest home doorstep.

RiotSt4rt3r
RiotSt4rt3r User

I ate 10 cherry-stone clams tonight. I think one was bad. I'm not sure yet, but something grim is brewing inside my bowels.

moloboe
moloboe User

Ive been in houses with 10-15 cats and believe me they are bad enough, can hardly breathe. 72? I don't see how anyone can breathe in that.

CurTas
CurTas UserTop Commenter

What's a crazy cat lady when her cats get taken away? Really Fu#king CRAZY!  Oh..and First!