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Woman, 89, found living in dire conditions hospitalized
By: Gina Benitez and Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas -- An 89-year-old woman living in deplorable conditions was hospitalized Monday.
The woman, who lives on the 6400 block of Belton Road, was taken to the hospital to be evaluated after police said she slept next to spiders with spider webs that covered her home.
Officials said she was found with what appeared to be several bite marks.
Police said the woman was hoarding many items, and rotten food and garbage was found throughout the home, causing a foul smell.
"I am surprised that the woman is still alive. And still living under the conditions that we've seen and that we're talking about," said Bassel Wolfe, the woman's neighbor.
Police at the scene told KFOX 14 they're getting everyone involved, from the city's Environmental Services Department to Adult Protective Services.
They said the woman is a danger to herself and the conditions she's living in are health and fire hazards and even a biohazard.
Neighbors told KFOX14 that the health department has visited the home in the past.
"She started collecting stuff and over the years, it reached a point where she had all these cats, she was feeding them cat food, and pitching the cans out there and they were getting rotten," said Wolfe.
Police said they did find a few cats in the home, but they do not believe this incident to be a case of animal hoarding.
"It was about three years ago when the city finally sent out some people to trap the cats because like I said, she had 13 cats and 17 kittens living in her backyard and a number of dead ones," said a neighbor who lives directly behind the woman.
Three years ago, that neighbor said the city also saw something else.
"They looked through her windows and saw what a catastrophe it was in there so they got some people into help clean her place out. They moved her out of the place and they just started filling up a dumpster in the front yard that they were filling up with garbage," he said.
Monday, police officers on scene said piled knee-deep is rotting food, trash and other debris scattered throughout the home.
"I would say it's sad to see that she had to go through this again because we thought when they cleaned her out last time, that everything was good and she seemed to be on the right track for awhile," the neighbor said.
An ambulance came shortly after police arrived and took her to get checked out.
"She did not go out peacefully. They had to kind of restrain her, put her on a gurney, take her out to the ambulance," said Bob Hemperley, another neighbor.
Neighbors said they feel sorry for the woman and hope this time around, things turn out differently.
"So hopefully, they will be able to put her in a facility than can take care of her and maybe help her sell her house and live a little bit better life than she was," another neighbor said.