LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — The smell of ammonia filled the air as 12 animal rescuers suited up and made their way into a flea-infested, cat-filled home in Greenbrier Thursday morning. There were approximately 100 cats, some dead kittens and one dog located on the property.
The Founder of Biscuit’s Legacy Rescue Group, Maggie Bradley, was contacted by rescue advocates at NationalKitty.com late Saturday night and quickly worked with the Humane Society of the Delta in Helena to come up with a plan.
Thankfully, humane society Gloria Higginbotham was happy to help. The shelter has a large area to house cats.
“When I made this call, they put a plan into action,” Bradley said. “They actually cleared out their cat room of healthy cats and transported most of them out and are setting up their cat room as a hospital ward.”
As a National Animal Cruelty Investigator, Bradley is no stranger to hoarding cases. However, she said this one stands out above all.
“This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Bradley said. “This is most likely the largest cat hoarding case in the history of Arkansas, it’s bad.”
The crew arrived at the property on Miller Road at around 7:30 Thursday morning. The cats were split between two homes on the property and the dog was alone in a metal shed in the back. The rescuers said the owner was no longer living on the property but was still feeding the animals.
The Faulkner County Sherriff had ordered the owner to surrender the animals. Rescuers said they spent most of the day removing them from the home.
“You can’t see the floor, it is covered in cans, empty cans that cat food has been in,” Bradley said. “The ammonia smell, I’m sure you can smell it out here, is overwhelming even suited-up. There are kittens in there so we’re having to be very careful where we place our feet so we’re not stepping on them, and we have retrieved several deceased kittens.”