More than 200 pets seized from Bonham residence

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

BONHAM, Tex. -- More than 200 animals have been seized from a home on Cedar Street in Bonham. Our cameras were rolling Friday morning when the warrant was served.

"The odor is one of the worst. The junk rate is up there,"

That's how Maura Davies with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas explains the situation. A two-story Victorian style home that once had potential is now covered with urine and feces, where a couple lives in filth and unsafe health conditions.

"The easiest way to describe the inside of the home…is horrific," Davies said.

Furniture, junk, trash, is all scattered inside. Upstairs are litter boxes full of urine and feces that we're told reached two to three feet high.

"The situation for people and cats is terrible. The smell of ammonia and urine is overpowering inside and out.”

Our cameras caught up with the owner, David Wheeler.

"Would you like to comment on what's going on?

“Seems we're being hit from both sides,” Wheeler said.

Over 150 cats….Don't you think that's a health hazard?

“It sounds bad, I know. It’s not that easy to find homes for 140 cats."

Wheeler went on to say they moved into the home about four years ago. At that time they had around 13 cats but over the years the cats kept breeding, Wheeler went on.

"It’s like…its okay situation, its still okay, bam it’s bad."

Currently the animals are under the care of the SPCA. On Tuesday, a hearing date is set for the Wheelers, where a judge will decide whether they are fit to keep the felines.

The SPCA says the final count was 209 cats and 3 dogs. 20 of those cats were pregnant, one of which delivered 9 kittens on Friday.

The SPCA says it will take the animals to its shelter in McKinney. They are all expected to be adopted. Officials promise that no animal will be euthanized unless their health condition requires it.

For more, check the SPCA's website at

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  • by Austin FitzGerald Location: McKinney Texas on Feb 12, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    my cat that i got about 2 years ago came from this house
  • by Alleigh Location: Dallas on Mar 26, 2008 at 03:54 PM
    Hey! Just wanted to urge everyone that reads this - there is a very sweet kitty from this seize at the Dallas SPCA on Industrial Rd that we tried to adopt - her name is "Sweetums". We had her for a couple of days, but had to take her back because she needs alot of room (which we don't have). She is ADORABLE and I wish we could have kept her, but she wouldn't have been happy. They told me that this was the second time that she had been returned and I felt HORRIBLE. If you are looking for a sweet cat, you should check out their website and find her. She does need alot of attention and training though so don't put her through the "returning" trauma again if you aren't ready to give her structure everyday.
  • by bubba redneck Location: sherman on Feb 5, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    this is just crazy plain and out for your local asian resturant on specials..
  • by Animal AND People Lover Location: America on Feb 5, 2008 at 01:35 PM
    SO.................after all the comments, is anything being done to help the PEOPLE??? We know the animals will (now) be cared for.
  • by Ray Location: Cartwright on Feb 5, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    BOB in SHERMAN, can you clinically prove this is "hoarding"? I cannot see how having 200 animals is hoarding. Maybe it is due to a lack of feeling secure or isolationism. Oh yeah another thing...Just because 20/20 reports something does not make them an authority on it. Just because others may not watch 20/20 doesn't make them living under rocks. Some people don't get to watch television b/c of JOBS that require them to work evening shifts!
  • by Concerned Location: Bonham on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:39 PM
    I'm sorry, I meant Cedar Street.
  • by Theresa Location: Denison on Feb 5, 2008 at 10:56 AM
    I can't even imagine how much money it cost to feed this many animals.
  • by Concerned Location: Bonham on Feb 5, 2008 at 10:34 AM
    To Doesn't Matter, there is only one David Wheeler that lives on Chestnut Street.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2008 at 08:30 AM
    Didn't they start to realize at some point that they had a bit more animals than they could manage?
  • by doesn't matter Location: Bonham on Feb 5, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    You need to watch out when you use the name Wheeler cause their is 3 different David Wheelers in Bonham.
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