Neighbor reacts to cat hoarding case

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by Matt Doyle

OCONOMOWOC -- More than 140 cats living in horrible living conditions were recovered from a farmhouse in Oconomowoc. Almost 100 of the cats had to be put down. Neighbors say it had been going on for a long time.

"We were finding them dead and squished all over," Melissa Ladwig, who lives nearby, said.

She lives across from the hoarder's house and a few hundred yards from the barn where the cats were.

"Every day we started seeing a whole bunch of cats and finally we went over there said 'what's going on?'," Ladwig said.

"She just said she takes care of all the cats. She feeds them all."

Lynn Olenik from the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County says people start with good intentions.

"All of a sudden you've got animals breeding and populations," Olenik said. "One cat can have 15 kittens in a year. Those kittens can subsequently have more."

Ladwig said there were just too many around the area.

"They just roam. They've been in our barn. They've been up here on the deck. They're everywhere."

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