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By: Gina Benitez and Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas - Animal Services took more than 50 cats from a Central El Paso home Thursday afternoon.
The cats were taken from a home on the 3800 block of Bliss Avenue in Central El Paso.
"They could smell foul odors coming from the inside and the outside of the house. But they couldn't see the animals. There was a lot of debris in the backyard," said Hugo Navarro, a code compliance officer with Animal Services.
Navarro said they first got the call Wednesday.
"It's taken hours to go through the maze of debris. So it's taken quite a bit of time to do this," Navarro said.
Thursday afternoon, officers pulled out more than 50 cats from the home.
Some were in crates, others scattered and some came out after officers had already left.
Officials said most that were pulled don't look so good.
"What we were seeing here is discharge from the eyes, discharge from the nose. They weren't looking too healthy," Navarro said.<br> <br> One by one, each cat was scanned and at this point, none of them look like they're microchipped.
"But we're going to go ahead and double-scan them. We do have a different type of scanners. We have universal scanners, and we're going to use a different type of scanners to make sure if they have microchips or if they don't," Navarro said.
We went to the door of the home. The person who answered refused to talk to us.
Most neighbors didn't want to go on camera and didn't have much to say concerning the home.
Animal Services said it's often hard to get each and every animal in a case like this, so cat traps will be set up in the immediate area.
"My priority at this point is just to get the cats out of this environment and place them in the shelter and so they can be evaluated, fed, water," Navarro said.