63 cats, 5 inches of feces removed from Newport News home since April

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 16:48:56-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Decomposed dead cats were found in one Newport News home, according to court records.

According to those court records, a search warrant executed by animal control resulted in 47 cats being removed from the home in April. Six of the cats were dead and two more were squished into the floor and were unable to be removed.

IMG_6029The records also indicated that the house floor had feces five inches deep.

A spokeswoman with the City of Newport News said Raymond Veditz was issued 40 summons for charges related to animal control taking 63 cats from his home since April.

The spokeswoman said 99 cats were taken in a similar situation in 2011 however Veditz did not face any charges at that time because he cooperated with authorities.

The court records state that animal control got involved after there were complaints about unsanitary living conditions for the animals.

Neighbor Billy Qualtz, who lives down the street, said the smell of cat urine and feces was unbearable at times. He said, "You could smell them when you rode past the house."

On his Facebook page, Veditz identifies himself as a Hampton city inspector. When reached for comment, the City of Hampton said he is not employed by them.