Ohio man living with 166 cats, 55 of them were dead

GAHANNA, OH (BY: JIM WOODS, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH) – A total of 55 dead cats and 111 live cats, many of those in “deplorable condition,” were removed by Columbus Humane from a Gahanna home Wednesday morning.

Gahanna police and Columbus Humane descended on the house in the 3600 block of Olde Ridenour Road around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The removal was part of an investigation conducted by Columbus Humane, which handles law enforcement complaints involving animal cruelty and neglect.

Workers from Columbus Humane had to wear protective suits and masks while going through the home. Gahanna police were there to assist but they didn’t have any problems with the property owner, said Niel Jurist, Gahanna’s spokeswoman. The home’s owner is Daniel Slyby, 60, according to police and county records.

“The cats were found in deplorable condition,” said Kerry Shaw, a spokeswoman for Columbus Humane. “We are pursuing multiple charges.”

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