Knowing that 45 cats out of a total of 63 cats removed from the home were euthanised due to bad health, is this one of the worst cases of cat hoarding that we have read about? You could probably say yes if you also knew that this Newport man faces 41 charges (yes, forty-one!) under animal cruelty and other laws. I have never read about a person being charged so comprehensively.
This cat hoarder has a history. His name is Raymond Veditz. He is due in court on July 27. Previously, in 2011, animal control officers took 99 cats from this man’s home. He cooperated. There were no charges.
In April of the same year (I believe) animal control went back to the home because of reports of more cats living in unsanitary conditions. Forty-seven cats were removed from the home at that time, 6 of which were dead.
It is reported that on the floor of the house there was a 5 inch deep crust of faeces. Two dead cats were left in the house because they could not be removed as they were “squished into the floor”. Sorry about that.
A neighbour across the road could smell the faeces and urine emanating from this man’s house.
When they went in, this time, they entered the house wearing full disposable suits and respirators. As mentioned 63 cats were removed of which 45 had to be euthanised due to bad health.
On June 15 the house was condemned.