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Family evicted because of deplorable conditions

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(08/09/12) - It's been a hot summer, and that's made living conditions in one Saginaw Township neighborhood very difficult.

That's because there's been a smell coming from one home, where more than two dozen cats have been living.

Once investigators went inside, they realized no one should be living in the home.

At least two people were living in the home with the cats and dogs, but they are not living there anymore.

"I got one complaint," said Matthew Reno, director of community development for the township.

And that's all it took for police, animal control and Saginaw Township officials to come to the home on Wood Street, where feral cats - cats that aren't too friendly if approached - roam the area.

"We are just estimating that the cats number between 20 and 35," said Henry Reyna of the Saginaw Township Police.

Three dogs were also removed by animal control.

"It's not livable conditions," Reno said. "For humans and animals."

Pictures taken inside by the township's code enforcement officer show plaster is falling off the walls, garbage is on the floors, holes are in the ceiling. Reno says he's concerned for anyone who was living in the house.

"We will probably condemn it, and take action to have it either cleaned up and repaired, although I don't think repair is a viable option," Reno said.

A man and a woman were arrested because of outstanding warrants in unrelated cases. If they get out of jail, they can't live here. It appears there hasn't been running water at the home since last year.

"We can't help them if they don't ask for help," said Bridget Smith, Saginaw Township planner.

Smith says the township will work with residents on blight and code enforcement.

"Until we have the opportunity or someone invites us in, our efforts are limited," Smith said.

She encourages residents to ask for assistance, and the township will do its best to help.

Renya reminds people to call police if they sense a problem next door.

"I can only imagine area neighbors here probably put up with more than they should have," he said.

Township officials say it's possible the home will be demolished.

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