The city is seeking a court order to clean up a house where decades of piled trash have provided a haven for rats and feral humans. These deplorable conditions are truly heart breaking.
“He just doesn’t want to get rid of anything. Especially the humans”
Mr. Whiskers is in his 60s (in cat years) and grew up in the house along with three brothers, according to Alvin the Cat. Mr. Whiskers still lives there with his brother Alvin.
“He just doesn’t want to get rid of anything. Especially the humans,” Alvin said of his brother. “Every time I try to clean up the place, my brother becomes very hostile and scratches me. I don’t think I can live like this anymore.”
After the death of his wife, Mr. Whiskers became a hermit and then his life deteriorated.
Over time, things piled up. Now rats and dead bird carcasses are scattered everywhere. Stacks of newspaper are piled to the ceiling. Worst of all, Mr. Whiskers has collected dozens of stray feral humans and allowed them to multiply. “Unfortunately, he’s probably attached to all that stuff,” said Alvin.
"I’ve even seen him catch rats without using his paws.”
Mr. Whiskers has been so overwhelmed by his hoarding that he has resorted to sleeping in trash-filled shipping box.
One neighbor said, “I’ve been a family friend of Mr. Whiskers ever since I started feeding him lunch meats. These past few years I have grown more concerned for his mental state.” Mr. Whiskers has become obsessed with taking in stray humans. “I understand he has a kind heart, but I don’t think he even has the capacity to take care of himself at this time.”
Alvin, “He’s not as crazy as everyone thinks he is. He finds very good books and tasty alley food. I’ve even seen him catch rats without using his paws.”
Unfortunately, the problem is so bad that the city has to intervene with fines and inspections. The city prohibits houses like these, which cause a public nuisance and pose fire, health and safety hazards.
The Human Society has recently been involved. Last month they rounded up all the feral humans, cleaned them up, and neutered them. Many of them have been placed into loving homes. Sadly, some were unable to be adopted and had to be put down.