Fifteen masked workers and police officers took over a trailer home in Lowry Mobile Home Park in St. Anthony on Tuesday to rescue 118 cats from the residence. We're still blown away by the sheer number. In a trailer home?
The rescue took three hours and workers weren't able to catch all of them because they were hiding in piles of dolls and debris, the Star Tribune reports
. There are about a dozen left to be caught.
And believe it or not, this isn't the first major rescue police have conducted in the couple's home.
The imagery of this couple's home is horrific. The couple, in their 50s, had feces on their shoes and pants cuffs. They slept on a rollaway mattress on the kitchen floor surrounded by filthy felines. There was evidence someone had shoveled the feces and urine off the floors, but some floor boards were rotting anyway.
The trailer was so filthy that they declared the home uninhabitable for 10 days while it is cleaned.
Cats weren't the only collection the couple had. Police also found hundreds of dolls, many of them packed so tight into the bedroom and bathroom that they couldn't open the doors. They even found dolls in the refrigerator.
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The woman fits the classic profile of an obsessive-compulsive animal hoarder, "which is sad for both animals and owners," Streff said. In 2002, Humane Society workers removed 72 cats from the same couple's residence when they lived in Coon Rapids, he said.
The couple, identified by police as Stanley and Cheryl Salidas, who are in their 50s, appeared physically OK but had feces on their shoes and pants cuffs, Streff said. Cheryl Salidas will be given a mental health evaluation, he added.
Police Chief John Ohl said Stanley Salidas accompanied his wife to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
The couple moved to the trailer park, at Stinson Boulevard and Lowry Avenue, in 2004 and began collecting stray cats, which bred in the trailer, Streff said. No dead cats were found, and Streff said those removed appeared to be in decent shape considering the foul conditions.