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Dying animals worry neighbor

Virginia Marlowe is haunted by the sound of crying cats and bad dreams about dead and dying animals.

“I don’t know how much longer I can stay here with the smell,” said Marlowe of the stench of a mix of feces and decomposing animals.

Marlowe said the scene off Rudd Road near Rough and Ready Monday was the worst thing she1s ever seen.



“A lot of the animals are sick, some are dead,” said Marlowe pointing to a sickly kitten that she figured would be lucky to make it through the night.

The carcasses of dead animals were mixed with piles of trash.




“I went up there last night and picked up dead cats,” she said near tears. “It just breaks my heart.”

The nightmare began innocently enough nearly a month ago, when Marlowe’s neighbors asked if she’d take care of their animals while they went to Washington state for a few days.

Marlowe identified the couple as Craig and Linda Whittingslow of 14826 Barberio Lane near Rough and Ready.

“A week ago, they called and said they were on their way home,” Marlowe said.

And that was the last she heard from them.

Broke from buying food for the 60 to 80 cats, two dogs, seven goats, four pigs, a donkey, an emu and flocks of chicken and geese, Marlowe called Nevada County Animal Control last week and told them of the situation.

Animal control, Marlowe said, did nothing more than post a notice on the door saying they1d impound the animals.

“But they did nothing to help the animals,” she said. “These animals are dying.”

The Humane Society should have been notified, said Ridge Feed & Supply Co. owner Curt Chittock, who gave Marlowe some food for the animals when told of their plight.

“I think there1s a breakdown in the system when nothing is done,” he said. “The county should have done something.”

Marlowe’s roommate, who would only identify himself as “Bear,” said four or five groups of neighbors in the area came together to help the animals.

Bear said he didn’t know what the county could have done. “But they should have done more than post a notice on the door.”


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