HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Authorities found more than 100 cats living in such filthy conditions that animal control workers had to wear gas masks to rescue them.

“You could see the cats through the windows,” Christine Kendrick, a deputy constable with Harris Co. Precinct 1 told KHOU. “And it was like they were pleading through the widows, ‘Get me out of this house.’”

Officials said the house was full of cat feces about 3 feet high.

“There are some cats still in the house,” J.C. Mosier, assistant chief of Harris Co. Constable’s Office Pct. 1 added to the station. “We’re going to have to come back and work a little harder to get them, because they have burrowed into the mounds of feces like a rat would make a tunnel into a hill.”

Officials say two 60-year-old-twin sisters live in the house. One is believed to be severely ill with cancer.  She was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment.

The other sister watched as the cats were removed.

Mosier says the house is not fit to live in. “I’ve never seen the inside of a house look like this,” he told KHOU. “Never in my life. And I thought I’d seen a lot of thins until I saw this today.”

No charges were filed.

“They need help,” Mosier said. “I don’t know that they’ll ever be able to totally recover from what’s happened to their house. But I hope there are people who can help us help these ladies. It’s such a sad situation. It’s horribly sad.


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