Hoarder House with Numerous Cats Deemed “Uninhabitable” by Police

CITRUS HEIGHTS–

Neighbors living on Spicer Drive, just off San Juan Avenue, say they’re fed up with the stench coming from a hoarder house.

“It’s violated my rights as a resident in this city,” said Marcelle Flowers, who lives two doors down.

She says they’ve been fighting to get it cleaned up since 2001.

Citrus Heights Police issued an inspection warrant for the house this morning, because Sargent David Moranz says it’s now an issue for everyone on the block.

“It’s been an issue within the community for health and safety code violations,” says Moranz.

Neighbors say the woman who owns the home doesn’t actually live there, and her cats have overrun the house and most of the street.

hoarder house in citrus heights

The backyard of a home in Citrus Heights that cops have called “uninhabitable”.

“We’re not talking a couple of pets, we’re talking 40 and 50 cats,” said Flowers.

Everyone on the block agrees that they’re ready to not only see a difference, but smell it too.

“I have compassion for this woman. I’ve known her for 18 years. She’s a good soul, but she’s lost and she needs help,” said Flowers.

Police are set to board up the house and place a “uninhabitable” sign on the front door.

Katie Hackett filed this report.

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4 comments

  • mscritter

    There is a bigger problem here than meets the eye. It is a problem of neighborhood apathy! If ANY neighbor would have done just a wee bit of research on the internet, they would have found that in the Sacramento area there are numerous FREE spay/neuter clinics.

    If just ONE neighbor would have lifted more than just one finger (to call police), the cats could have been trapped and altered BEFORE they became 40-50. The woman interviewed knew that no one lived there and that the woman that owned the house had a problem, but instead of doing something pro-active, like all the rest of the neighbors, she just tried to ignore the problem for TEN years!

    What's the matter with people that they can't do anything POSITIVE other than complain? I personally have gone into neighborhoods that weren't even my own, and have trapped and altered cats at my own expense and time. It's called TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release). It stops more litters from coming in thereby nipping things in the bud BEFORE they get that much out of hand, or at least ensuring that there is an END to the litters being born. Shame on those neighbors for doing nothing to help.

    And for those who will reply with snide remarks about harming the cats, it's illegal to do so, and they are innocent victims of their own biology and lazy, apathetic people who'd rather not do anything at all (except for complain, complain, complain).

  • mscritter

    Visit sacanimal.org on the www. for info about SpayDay USA which takes place on March 3. Only $15 per cat spay or neuter. Animal Spay Neuter Clinic in Auburn also offers low-cost as well as some free spays and neuters for cats and dogs.

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  • cupkait8

    I actually know the woman that was being interviewed and have smelled that house and it is awful, she actually has taken action over the course of the years and is a reason this house is being taken care of now. It just took ten years for her to get someone to take care of it. And I have seen the cats and I know a lot of them are incredibly ill and in terrible condition because they are all inbreed and a majority of them never leave the hoarded house, but the woman has had a lot of them put in shelters. She is a woman who doesn't just sit and complain, she definitely taken action!