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Feral cats living in feces rescued from Massapequa home

Realtor Tammy Gatto was selling a house next door when she saw multiple cats in the backyard and kittens under the deck of the home.

News 12 Staff

Sep 9, 2021, 2:44 AM

Updated 986 days ago

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Town of Oyster Bay officials say feral cats were found living in their own feces with no food or water inside a Massapequa home on East Shore Drive.
Realtor Tammy Gatto was selling a house next door when she saw multiple cats in the backyard and kittens under the deck of the home. Gatto says the home, which she thought was abandoned, was disheveled with overgrown trees in the front and the inside was as bad as anyone could imagine.
"There were dead kittens, dead cats," says Gatto. "After speaking with some of the neighbors, I found out somebody was living there and had been feeding cats for quite a long time.
Gatto says John DeBacker, of Long Island Cat and Kitten Solution, was one of the first people she called.
"Upstairs in the house, there's at least eight cats locked in a room, no food and water living in feces," says DeBacker.
In a statement to News 12, Oyster Bay town officials said in part: "They've partnered with Nassau's SPCA to rescue the imperiled cats, properly care for the ones left behind and rescue any additional strays relying on the property for food or shelter."
DeBacker says he saw about 20 cats inside and saw holes in the ceiling and the wall and no food or water for any of the animals.
"It's just a horrible condition in there," says DeBacker.
The town has condemned the house, saying the conditions were dangerous and inhumane.


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