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Waynesboro Home Condemned After Dozens of Animals Found Inside

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Condemned home on North Augusta Street Condemned home on North Augusta Street

A ghastly scene in Waynesboro sent animal control officers in to rescue dozens of animals. Now, animal control is trying to figure out whether they can survive after living in what amounted to a giant litter box.

The yard and the home were both littered with animal feces and a potent ammonia odor emanated from inside. 

The situation on North Augusta Street came to light because a 59-year-old woman who lived there had home health care. When one of the people caring for her got sick from the foul conditions, they called police. When officers got there, they found two dead cats, along with dozens of other cats, four dogs and a bird inside the house. They also found pet graves in the backyard.

Police say most - if not all - of the animals will have to be put down because they're beyond help, but Waynesboro police say they will not press any charges because the woman has a mental health problem.

"Any responsible pet owner can kind of tell you what kind of care animals take and all indications are none of the animals in here are receiving adequate care," said Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro Police Department. 

Police say the woman was digging out dirt from her backyard, and putting it on the floors of the home, making it a basically a giant litter box.

It took more than three hours for several agencies to go through the home. Two people who were a part of the efforts were treated for cat scratches and one for heat exhaustion.

The home is condemned and may eventually have to be torn down. A man who was living there has found temporary housing.  The woman is being treated for her issues at Crossroads Behavioral Health.

CLARIFICATION: Previously, this story said the condemned home was in Augusta County, but it is in Waynesboro.

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