Yaphank man slams SPCA's probe into his cat-filled home

YAPHANK - A Yaphank homeowner says he is enraged that the SPCA is investigating him after police found dozens of cats in his home while responding to an emergency medical call.

Robert Barrett claims he has about 40 cats in the home, even though police say there are about 100.

The discovery happened last night when Barrett's wife, Barbara, fell inside the home and broke her hip.

Emergency responders who arrived on the scene say they had to use respirators inside because the air was not safe to breathe.

Barrett invited News 12 Long Island cameras into his home today to take a look. Inside, hoards of cats could be seen roaming the feces-infested residence while roosters and chickens walked in the backyard.

Barrett said he is a proud breeder of cats, and does nothing but take good care of them.

The SPCA says Barrett is cooperating with its investigators and has said that he will turn over some of his felines.

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