An elderly man lived at this property near Turkey Beach with more than 50 cats, dead and alive. Now neighbours want to know who will clean up the mess.
An elderly man lived at this property near Turkey Beach with more than 50 cats, dead and alive. Now neighbours want to know who will clean up the mess. Paul Braven

Who is going to clean up cat man's house of squalor?

NEIGHBOURS of an elderly man who lived at a rural property among more than 50 cats want to know who will clean up the mess now he has gone.

They say they are sick of the sight of hundreds of old pet food cans, abandoned cars and the smell of cat urine wafting from the now-vacant rural home near Turkey Beach.

The elderly man, who suffered mental health issues, was moved to a care facility last month.

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Volunteer group Friends of the RSPCA removed 43 diseased and starving cats from the property which were then put down.

A spokesperson for Gladstone Regional Council said it had been liaising with RSPCA Queensland about the remaining cats on the property.

Neighbours are asking who will clean up a property near Turkey Beach littered with rubbish and dead cats.
Neighbours are asking who will clean up a property near Turkey Beach littered with rubbish and dead cats.

However, neighbours said the cats left behind starved to death in the days after Friends of the RSPCA left. Their bodies now litter the property and roadside.

One woman who contacted The Observer said her biggest concern about the house, where large amounts of faeces were found, related to health.

"We just want to know what the council is going to do about it," she said.

The council has not yet answered questions about whether it has the power to condemn the house.

But a spokesperson did say if there were health concerns it could be investigated by council officers.

"If residents have concerns related to odour from a residence they can make a complaint to the council, who will investigate the matter under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 or Public Health Act 2005, depending on the nature of the odour," the spokesperson said.

"In that situation the council may have the power to ask the owner to remedy the non-compliance."


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