As people nationwide call investigators offering to help two sisters who were living with more than 100 cats in a home covered in animal waste, the cats are also receiving help. They're now at the Houston SPCA.
"They had four feet of cat feces in the garage where the cats had burrowed into the actual cat feces and were living," said Constable Alan Rosen, Harris County Precinct 1.
The cats have all undergone medical evaluations.
"There's about fifteen that are a little worse off from others," said SPCA Spokesperson Meera Nanhlal. "There is a kitten with neurological issues. Cats with upper respiratory infections. Some so severe, they have blood coming out of their noses."
It took nearly five hours for investigators to rescue all the cats from a house where two women, twin sisters in their sixties, lived. At this time, authorities do not plan to file criminal charges.
"I don't think they were trying to be malicious," Rosen said.
He also said one of the sisters remains hospitalized and Adult Protective Services has custody of her twin.
"I know they're reaching out to family to see who might take custody of the other sister," he said. "It was very good that we went out there for an animal cruelty investigation because at the same time we were able to help them as well."
Calls have poured in to the constable's office from people offering to help both the women and the cats, who won't be adopted out until a judge gives approval. In the meantime, they will remain at the SPCA.
"We are in dire need of newspaper," Nandlal said. "It'll help take care of the animals."
The Houston SPCA is located at 900 Portway.