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Stench From Cat House in Dover Attracting Hordes of Flies

Police tape in front of the Jefferson Court home where a dead body and 110 cats were found. (Photo: WBOC) Police tape in front of the Jefferson Court home where a dead body and 110 cats were found. (Photo: WBOC)

07/17/2006

DOVER- The house where Dover police found a decomposed body, 110 cats and three dogs last week has brought hordes of flies into the neighborhood.

The condemned townhouse in Jefferson Court has left the neighborhood with an overwhelming stench. In addition, it has become a virtual playground for flies. 

Sisters Pamela and Candy Haas were arrested after police found a body in a plastic storage container which as been there for about a year. Police believe it is the body of 84-year-old Mary Haas, their mother.

Now the neighborhood is dealing with the result of this find and that is the onslaught of flies the stench has attracted.

Nicole Sizer lives a couple doors down from the condemned home and says the flies have taken over her entire neighborhood.

"Ever since they came and got all the cats out of the ladies home, it's been riddiculous with the flies," Sizer said. "As soon as you wake up, they're crawling on you.  My kids are bitten, they have bites all over them and all I can do is keep spraying."

Some of the windows on the condemned home were left open during last week, where temperatures reached the 90s, which has made matters worse.

Dorothy Robinson, who lives next to the home, said that on Saturday she woke up at 5 a.m. to find flies crawling all over her.

"The flies were buzzing all around my ears, biting me.  I had to get up and start spraying," Robinson said.  "It's like where you see a buzzard fly down and flies are on top of a dead animal, that's how bad it is here."

Neighbors hope to get some help spraying the area for flies and other insects.  They say it is more than just annoying they are worried about the spread of disease.

A follow-up will be conducted by state environmental officials on Monday to see what can be done to help control the flies.  Meanwhile, police hope to get a positive ID on the body and autopsy results next week.


 

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