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Wendell family hoarding animals evicted from home

Posted November 24, 2015

— A landlord evicted a family from their Wendell home Tuesday afternoon, but when they refused to leave, law enforcement stepped in.

Authorities called Animal Control officers after finding animals in question of being cared for while serving the eviction notice.

Wake County Animal Control officers were on the scene for about three hours. They removed 10 cats, one dog and one rabbit from the home. Authorities said the animals were taken to the Wake County Animal Center.

“They would never let me in, so I knew something was wrong,” said the landlord and owner of the property, Lisa Messick.

When Messick stepped inside the home, she discovered issues beyond just animal hoarding—the entire house was filled with trash from floor to ceiling.

“If you agree to have animals, then you agree to that responsibility no matter what it is,” said neighbor Chris Tiska.

Messick said she is devastated by the condition of her house. She was evicting the tenants for failing to make improvements in lieu of rent. In addition to overflowing litter boxes, she found the house filled with trash.

“The smell was horrible,” Messick said. “Trash taller than me, water damage from a leaking roof where they apparently didn’t do any repairs, filled litter boxes. It’s disgusting.”

Officials said the case is still under investigation by Animal Control. No charges have been filed.


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  • Emily Parr Nov 27, 2015
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    The media is invading a family's life and privacy and turning it into a circus act not bc people have any compassion for the suffering that is involved but just something they can point their self righteous judgemental fingers at and feel good about themselves bc the skeletons in their own closets aren't in question

  • Guy Rode Nov 25, 2015
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    Looks like Miss Messick has never paid any wake county property taxes on that property https://services.wakegov.com/ptax/main/billing/acctsummary.aspx?search=re&yrs=2&prev=re&id=0071946 After hee remarked the renter never did any repairs on the roof leak it kinda made me wonder what kind of landlord she might be.

  • Rhonda Arthur Nov 25, 2015
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    Did you see the pictures? Hoarding is the correct word for this bad situation.

  • Freda Kerr Nov 25, 2015
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    Hoarding is the correct word in this case. They could not care for one cat correctly, so more than one is more than they can manage. These people have mental problems, they need help. They need more than eviction, they need to be committed.

  • Larry Hatch Nov 24, 2015
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    Bad situation sure...but how is 12 animals for an entire family HOARDNG? Inhumane care of course. Hoarding is the wrong word. Many families have far more animals and legally too.