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Milford Hoarding House May Be Razed, 30 Animals Rescued Doing Ok

The city's Health Director said he's never seen a house in such a deplorable state.

19 Ocean Avenue
19 Ocean Avenue

Milford Health Director A. Dennis McBride has seen it all in his career, so when he admits he was personally taken aback by what he saw last month at 19 Ocean Avenue, you know it’s something very serious. 

McBride along with members of the Health Department, Animal Control, Police Department, Fire Department and Public Works arrived at the scene and found a “severely troubled home” that presented an immediate public health emergency. 

The condition of the house is so deplorable the house may have to be razed, the city’s health director told Milford Patch. 

Inside they found three dogs, 26 cats, and one large bird living in squalor. There was garbage strewn throughout the house including human and animal feces on the walls. 

McBride said despite no running water for months all of the animals were in “ok condition,” and none of the animals had to be put down. All of the animals are in fair condition at Milford Animal Control, McBride said. 

He said the animals were inspected by a veterinarian to make sure they were alright. 

Getting access

McBride said the homeowner refused to let the city into the house. The city went to court to gain access via a search warrant. 

“We took control of it and brought in an exterminator,” McBride said. 

He said he wanted to get an immediate handle on the rodent and flies situation inside the house. The grass and shrubs were also cut. 

The house is in foreclosure.

“This house was in the most horrible condition I’ve ever seen,” McBride said. “There were unimaginable odors. There was no running water for months.”

The toilet facilities were filthy and blocked by refuse. The kitchen was not functioning and there were no bathroom fixtures inside the house. In the kitchen there was decayed and moldy food items stored inside a filthy refrigerator. 

Health department inspectors observed what appeared to be human and animal waste and feces on the floors and walls of every room in the house. 

On the second floor there was garbage, cardboard boxes, plastic bags and empty food containers cluttering all the rooms. 

This mass of refuge prevented full entry into these rooms. In one of the front bedrooms there was a makeshift electric cooking device in use among a pile of combustible materials such as paper garbage and cloth items. 

McBride said hoarding was definitely an issue at the house. He said there was an immediate public health issue that had to be rectified. 

He said in order for the judge to allow the city into the house it had to prove there was a “public health issue.” 

“It was very unsafe,” McBride said. 

The house now

McBride said the house still remains in a deplorable state. 

“It hasn’t been cleaned up,” McBride said. “It could be razed. The property could be sold by the bank and a new house could be built there.”

“The interior still needs to be cleaned out or razed,” McBride said. 

We will continue to provide updates on the condition of the animals and what happens to the house. McBride said it could take a long time for the future of the house to be decided. 

RONALD M GOLDWYN July 07, 2014 at 09:08 AM
For the city to force the bank to foreclose on the house, and then make the bank demolish the home and sell it to a developer for the value of the land is absolutely wrong by the city unless it is the city that buys the property from the current homeowner or the bank for the fair market value.
Ocean Ave Resident July 07, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Do not let the Health Inspector fool you! He has been aware of this issue for years and has done NOTHING to assist with the problem. This home WAS foreclosed upon in Sept 2013, not recently. Shame on the City of Milford for not getting the former owner the much needed mental health / support she needed to deal with such illness!
Ocean Ave Resident July 07, 2014 at 12:42 PM
McBride....you were SO aware of the odor as everyone in the neighborhood has called your office - your 'being taken aback by it' is laughable, as if you thought the neighbors were exaggerating??? Do your job next time - its what we pay you for!!
Grumpy Old Man July 07, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Ok so wait a minute here . Now Milford Health Dept . Isn't doing their jobs ?? A couple a months ago you people bashed me when I refused to believe that all of the Milford restaurants were getting 98's .... So , which is it ??? Now you want to think about those 98's again sheeple ?
Tmc July 13, 2014 at 10:43 PM
The former Pietras/Mustang Sallys/etc. on the Post Rd has had mold in the basement for years and the State is fully aware of it and has done NOTHING to force the owner to clean it out. These health inspectors are worthless.

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