Two sisters face animal neglect charges after more than 180 diseased cats and dogs were found on their property, authorities said.
Nancy Wede, 52, was charged by the city with 26 counts of animal neglect, while her sister, Susan Wede, 51, faces 16 counts. Both women also were charged with violating the city's limit on domestic animals.
Charges against Susan Wede by the Cherokee County sheriff's office are pending. Authorities said 141 cats and two dogs were found in a building she owns near rural Rock Township.
"Deputy sheriffs entered the residence with Level C HAZMAT suits and breathing masks due to the overwhelming smell and presence of cat urine and feces," he said. "The conditions were horrible."
In Cherokee, police removed more than 40 animals from the women's separate homes on Aug. 4 after complaints of excessive odor. Twenty-four cats and two dogs were found inside Nancy's Cherokee home, and 16 cats were found at a residence owned by Susan. The cats and dogs suffered from infectious diseases such as ringworm, feline leukemia and lung ailments. Veterinarians determined all the animals had to be destroyed.