Animals found trapped in abandoned house in West Springfield

West Springfield Police Captain Robert Duffy described conditions in the house as "disgusting"

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police were on Queen Avenue in West Springfield, Wednesday night, to rescue animals that were reportedly trapped inside a foreclosed house.

The owner of 19 Queen Avenue in West Springfield had few words to say after cats were confirmed to be trapped inside her deplorable home that was foreclosed on in December 2015.

One neighbor, who didn’t want to be on-camera, said the owner left a month ago with her pets still inside the house. “I’ve been banging on the door everyday trying to get a hold of her. It’s (pets) starving, starving to death, you can tell.”

westside-cats-1When 22News arrived on Queen Avenue Wednesday night we saw all the neighbors gathered around the home just trying to get the animals out safely. They said that is the number one concern.

You can see through the window of the house fecal matter, empty cat food cans and garbage scattered all around the floor. West Springfield Police Captain Robert Duffy described the conditions inside the house as “disgusting.”

Neighbor Robert McRobie said “It’s deplorable. These conditions are absolutely ridiculous. She hasn’t done anything with the animals and my opinion, this woman should be in jail.”

Robert said over the last month he made several calls to try and get these animals out, but had no luck. Wednesday night, he called 22News. We were able to get West Springfield Police and Fire to break open the door.

Westfield Animal Control went in and verified two cats were alive. The goal was to get them out on the spot, but they struggled to catch them. Animal control said they plan to try again Thursday.

22News will continue to follow this story and bring you any updates on the animals as soon as we have the latest information.

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