Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement took the 25 flea-infested cats to an animal shelter after rescue crews were called Tuesday to a home at 121 Barton Blvd. to treat an unconscious 46-year-old woman.
The paramedics were met with an overpowering stench of urine in the home and moved the woman outdoors in an attempt to revive her, officials reported.
The woman, however, died and Rockledge police contacted the animal enforcement agency to remove the felines found roaming inside the home which was strewn with trash and feces. An autopsy was conducted on the unidentified woman to determine what caused her death, police said.
“We’re waiting on a toxicology screen right now,” said Donna Seyferth, spokeswoman for the Rockledge Police Department. Foul play is not suspected in the case.
Brevard County Sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Dave Jacobs issued a statement on the cats and the decision by veterinarians at the South Animal Care Center to have them put to sleep.
“All of the 25 cats were found to have an untreatable upper respiratory illness, scabies; a contagious parasite, as well as excessive flea infestation,” Jacobs wrote in a statement, adding that the cats had been living in poor conditions at the woman’s home.
“For the well-being of the cats to avoid further languish and suffering, and as precautionary measures for our healthy cat population, it was determined to humanely euthanize the cats,” he wrote.
The city’s code enforcement department was also contacted to review the condition of the home, Seyferth said.
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