LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Fourteen cats made it out of a hoarder’s home in Sun City Summerlin.
Of them, two cats and two kittens are sick at Lied Animal Shelter.
While workers cleaned out the home, they found seven dead cats.
They removed 19 cats, later euthanized because of a highly infectious respiratory disease.
A knock on the door of home and cat owner Kenneth Epstein went unanswered.
A woman who shares a duplex with Epstein did not want to be named.
“Living right next door, I can tell you he's not a monster,” the woman said. “He's said or done absolutely nothing to be scary, harm people.”
“One lady I know said that she was afraid of him,” said neighbor Carolyn Unger. “She was afraid to walk by his house because he would say things to her. That's an absolute lie.”
Unger called Epstein a cat lover.
“I'm shocked that there were so many in there,” said Epstein.
She said she and Epstein bonded over their pets.
“My other lab died, so he showed me such compassion, and he said our pets are like our children,” said Unger.
But with 26 of those so-called children dead, and pictures of the home’s interior reaching the public, neighbors said the home has become a spectacle.
“I'd like to request that maybe the entire Sun City population and Las Vegas doesn't drive by the house, park out in front, take pictures with cell phones and cameras, and hang out because it's hard enough as it is, and that just makes it even harder for us to tolerate,” said a neighbor.
No longer forced to tolerate stench coming from the home, neighbors now hope the attention it brings will back off.
The living cats are at Lied Animal Shelter in Las Vegas.
According to the city of Las Vegas, they are not up for adoption and will stay at the shelter until the city determines the home is safe enough to live in.