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New photos show filth in accused cat hoarder case

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Updated: 2/10 8:13 pm
NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Edith Alcorn's house still has a sign posted from the city of Neptune Beach that reads the house is unsafe and unsanitary to go inside.

"The smell from animals feces and urine it's just overwhelming," said Billy Harding.

Harding has been living in his Neptune Beach neighborhood since 1965, but he describes the last 10 of those years as uncomfortable and smelly.
He blames his neighbor 70-year-old Edith Alcorn, who's now accused of hoarding cats in her home.

"You could see dead cats, cats all over the place," said Harding.

Action News went to the State Attorneys Office to get the pictures of Alcorn's home.
The photos showed cats on top of cages full of dirt, piles of dirt on the floor and cat litter.
Another neighbor, who didn't want to identify herself said she wasn't surprised about what was hidden behind Alcorn's doors.

"It's a very sad thing that people who would turn in cat thought they were being helped and rescued when they were really being kept in an confined environment," a neighbor said.

The city fined Alcorn for the odor coming from her home. Her attorney, Duke Fagan, said she's incurring a fine of about $50 a day.

"She is going to work very hard to get the house back up to code to eliminate problem and she will be a good neighbor as she was for many years," said Fagan.

Fagan said she has taken steps to eliminate the problem and is having the mess cleaned up.

Alcorn's neighbors told Action News neighbors they are still a little concerned if it'll happen again.

"It's over I believe and hopefully when she gets fixed up she won't go back in there and do this again," said Harding.

Alcorn is due back in court on Feb. 20. She is facing charges of cruelty against animals and confinement of animals without food water or exercise. Fagan said the animals had eaten all their food and water after she was taken into custody. He said her fines are up to about $8,000.
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king kaos - 2/11/2014 8:25 AM
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Its a sad state affairs when our number #1 reason for becoming a country, freedom which is really exemplified by 2 things more than any other: freedom to our land and freedom of religion. We have had the commies take religion and twist it and spin it in such a terrible way as to make it the exact opposite of what the founders intended and now with the new eminent domain and as you stated all the other "loopholes" that are built into the law its almost not worth owning anymore. At that point whats the incentive? Why work hard and save? I know the gubmint is, as we speak in fact, trying to demonize that exact concept(work and to victor goes spoils) so after all is said and done if they cant beat us morally and mentally, they will just run thier perversions through a corrupted supreme court so we CANT even legaly fight it!

Realchange - 2/11/2014 7:06 AM
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There are other stories our there we county code enforcement generates revenue by taking homes from people. Seizing their good which are not health threat. Ask action news for the other side of the coin where you masters tell you what you can and cannot do in your home. If you do not follow their rules and do as your master says your home can be taken from you citing county ordinances. Welcome to Amerika with K for a reason.

Truthseeker - 2/11/2014 6:19 AM
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The lady is obviously in need of psychiatric help.
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