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Hoarders in the Miami Valley
DAYTON -- Hoarding is a county-wide problem here in the Miami Valley.
In fact just Thursday, we told you about a woman who was hoarding dozens of cats inside her Moraine home.
Bu we wanted to know how they affect their neighbors and the homes they live in.
"Some of it's been letting go, I went to church the other night and fell asleep in church because I'm drained, I'm emotionally drained," Marsha Farmer, home condemned.
That is Farmer from July of 2012. She let us inside her East Second Street home in Dayton.
"I knew about it, we all knew about it, but we just kind of looked the other way," said Tara Robinson, neighbor.
Robinson lives next door to the now vacant home, but what was once full of 36 cats, two dogs, and lots of stuff.
"The smell was horrible," she said. "It smelled like cat urine dog, and unclean living conditions like a sour smell."
"The City of Dayton runs into about 4 to 5 hoarding cases every year," Kevin Powell, Acting Housing Inspection Manager for the City of Dayton.
We got exclusive pictures from inside another Dayton home that was filled with dirty dishes and cockroaches.
Things housing inspectors have seen before.
"The conditions have just got so bad and then when you have all the conditions, the eating, the feces the urine and stuff it just is unsafe," said Powell.
Just as unsafe as what we saw inside the home on East Second Street.
Things piled up, sometimes to the ceiling.
"The items can't be removed because the structure is so dangerous we end up eventually demolishing the whole structure with pretty much everything in it," said Powell.
And while the problem is now gone for neighbors on second street, it's certainly not forgotten.
"Everybody suffers," said Robinson, "Everybody suffers from a hoarder."
Montgomery county leaders are looking to start a coalition, to get hoarders in the Miami Valley the help they need.
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