Jackson County

Hazmat suits required for filthy situation at Pascagoula home, cops say

Animal control officers from Pascagoula and surrounding cities had to wear Hazmat suits to remove dozens of cats from a condemned mobile home, Police Chief Kenny Johnson said.

More than 40 cats and a mess of feces were found inside a trailer on Orchard Avenue after neighbors complained of the stench, Johnson said.

Police learned an elderly couple who had been living there are both hospitalized and their cats had been left to their own devices, he said.

One neighbor, in a Facebook post, said a bathtub was filled with feces and cat urine was dripping from the floors of the house, creating such a bad smell that kids didn’t want to play outside.

The couple who live in the mobile home have surrendered the cats, Johnson said.

The one-bedroom trailer has “a terrible smell that I’m told you can smell from outside,” he said.

Officers rescued several cats that were outside the trailer on Monday and began making plans for removing the cats in a humane manner, the chief said.

Officers put food and water in the house and made sure the air-conditioner was running, he said.

“This morning, officers started going in with respirators and Hazmat suits provided by the fire department,” Johnson said.

The city has a temporary holding space for strays, but the cats will be moved to the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

Those that can be put up for adoption will be, he said.

“They will always try to adopt what they can, but unfortunately, the adoptions don’t keep up with the demand for space.”

No charges have been filed.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews