Cat-lover dies, leaves behind 30 felines to fend for themselves
The cats are gone, but the malodorous evidence of their inhabitation remains.
Last Thursday's column was about the terrible stench inside a semi-detached home on Whitebread Cres., near Jane St. and Sheppard Ave. W., caused by 30 or so cats left to fend for themselves after their owner long ago passed away.
Neighbour Anna Chavez told us the felines had been on their own for at least four years, and that the smell and cockroaches coming from next door were unbearable.
We found a broken basement window through which the cats came and went, along with a powerful smell of urine and feces.
We didn't spot any cats but we called Toronto Public Health, who sent staff to the property Friday.
Susan Sperling, who deals with media for public health, said officials were unable to get inside, but closely examined the house and interviewed neighbours before concluding the cats have moved out.
"It is every bit as bad as your story says," Sperling said of the smell, adding neighbours haven't seen any cats around it in a long time.
A municipal licensing and standards inspector was also there, she said, and will track down a daughter of the deceased owner to issue a cleanup order. If any cats are still inside, they'll be removed, she said.