Two twin sisters, intheir 60s, left their Northwest Harris County home after investigatorsdiscovered them living on mounds of animal waste, along with more than 100cats.
"There's not one clean area," said JC Mosier, spokesperson for HarrisCounty Precinct 1 constables office. "Not one square inch of a clean areain the house. I've been doing it a long time, and this is the saddest thingI've ever seen."
It took nearly five hours for investigators to rescue more than 100 cats fromthe house. Inside, they found wt least one dead cat and mounds of animal waste.
"Feces three or four feet high," Mosier said. "Our officers andSPCA folks are having to walk on (the piles) to try and catch the cats."
The women didn't want to leave the house. Mosier says one was so ill,investigators finally convinced her to leave in an ambulance, as her twinsister watched from a neighbors front step. The second sister declined to talkto us.
"It is beyond description that two people, especially two sweet ladies,could be living in this kind of situation," Mosier said.
Neighbors say the sisters moved here to take care of their now deceased mother.They rarely, if ever, had visitors and mostly kept to themselves, decliningoffers of help from neighbors who grew so concerned, they eventually calledauthorities.
"We've called," one neighbor said. " The guy that lives behindhere, he's called many times. So we're glad they're out here."
The cats will now undergo treatment as the SPCA tries to place them in newhomes. Authorities do not plan to file criminal charges against the women.
"Frankly we think they need medical," Mosier said. "We arehoping we can get them some official help from the proper governmententity."