Neighbors complain about animal hoarder

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -  Imagine having to hear dogs, birds and other animals at all hours of the day, and being overwhelmed by the stench of feces all because your neighbor won't clean it up. That's what one woman says is happening in her Harris County neighborhood. After hearing their complaints, News Leader Nine investigated.

Half a dozen dogs, dozens of birds and several other wild animals are held in cages all around this Harris County home, and neighbors say they are literally sick from it, "Everybody is complaining. Basically it's the odor, the smell, the unsanitary conditions, that's my concern. Just like the other neighbors are concerned too."

Neighbors also say not only is the property an eye-sore, but they are concerned for the well-being of this lady's pets, "There are numerous animal cages that have pigeons and birds. Sometimes she'll have ducks, she has dogs in cages as well. The living conditions of those animals is horrendous. Animal poop everywhere and the dogs are howling and you see its just nasty conditions over there."

They have had several failed attempts to settle the matter, "We can't communicate with her. When we try to ask her about it or ask her to clean it up we get nowhere."

So News Leader Nine tried to talk to her. The lady told us from across her yard, "People send them to me and I don't say no. Maybe I should say no but then they just kill them. I don't keep them, I just take care of them. What am I supposed to do? They dump them out and I take care of them."

Neighbors added, "All we're asking her to do is to clean up the cages and give those animals a chance to be properly rehabilitated and if she doesn't have a license for all those dogs, they need to be put in proper homes. No one's animals need to live like that."

We put in calls to the Harris County Animal Control, and they said they would look in to the matter, but neighbors tell us, their previous efforts with animal officials have been ignored.

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