Neighbors calling police out for odor issue in condo.

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Terry Wisland

Glenview Nas, IL

#1 Jun 3, 2010
I've known my neighbors for three years and there has been no problems between us. We share a common wall in a quad unit condo. On Memorial Day 3 days ago, my neighbor called me at 10PM, waking me up. He said the police were knocking on my door and needed to come into my unit. I told them I was in bed but they insisted that they be allowed access to my condo to check out a report about a litter box odor coming through the wall to my neighbor's condo. I showed them how clean my unit was and that the litter box was free from waste. Problem was, the litter itself, the clumping type, had become smelly over time. As this litter box was against the wall, some of the smell must have gone through the wall. The police asked me how many cats I have and I told them the truth. I had 7 cats. I had two cats 3 years ago, but my mother was feeding a stray female cat and she kept bringing her kittens over, upon which I would catch them and find homes for them. My mother called the village a few weeks ago to complain about all the stray cats in the area, but the officer said the village could not do anything about the feral cats. He suggested not feeding her and she would survive in the woods. Woods? Anyway, I have found homes for 25 kittens and kept 5 of them myself. This neighbor had never said anything to me about an odor problem, even though we frequently talk together outside of my condo. My question for this forum is whether I should have let the police up into my unit. What could they have done if I had refused entry? They are now ordering me to get rid of 4 of the cats in two weeks. I have found a shelter to take 3 of them and my mother wanted to take one, but he was so traumatized at my mother's home that I just now brought him back. Does anyone know what would happen if I do not get down to 3 cats in 2 weeks? Is it a one time fine, or worse, a daily fine. I'm on the condo board and feel that this odor issue should have first been resolved person to person, then through the condo association. I'm confused as to why the VH police would come out for something like this. Why didn't they just tell him to talk to me. I have tried many times to catch this female cat but traps and tranquilizers have failed. She is too smart. We did catch one of the males and had him fixed and released.
Sara Parker

Elk Grove Village, IL

#2 Jul 28, 2010
That is too many animals living in one residence. Period. We went to look at a house for sale and even before we set food in the house, the smell of cat urine was so overwhelming we turned around and walked out.
Sara Parker

Elk Grove Village, IL

#3 Jul 28, 2010
That is too many animals living in one residence. Period. We went to look at a house for sale and even before we set foot in the house, the smell of cat urine was so overwhelming we turned around and walked out without even seeing the house.

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