MASSAPEQUA - A Massapequa cat adoption center has been shut down after numerous problems, according to the town of Oyster Bay.

The town says the owner of the adoption center did not have the right permits to operate. Town officials say they had also received multiple complaints from neighboring businesses about the smell.

"If you just step inside, you smell it," says Debra Ienna, who owns a neighboring building. "It hits you in the face. It's really bad. People in this building can't live like this. They can't do business like this."

Joanna Monez, who owns the adoption center, says the town is being abrupt for "no apparent reason" and argued that there is no odor. Monez says she has been working in animal rescue for 12 years and claims she only found out two days ago that she needed a permit to operate her center.

All the cats and kittens at the center are being housed with foster families. No animals are allowed back inside the center until the town approves new plans and the owner obtains a special permit to run the business.