Case of woman in dilapidated house heard

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Officials from local and state agencies are recommending steps be taken to prevent cases like the one involving an Oklahoma City woman found dead in a house overrun with cats.

Representatives from the Department of Human Services, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and local
code enforcement officials testified at a House Public Health Committee hearing Tuesday on 61-year-old Kitty Lewis.

Police found Lewis' decomposing body inside her dilapidated home on May 8. She was surrounded by moldy walls, trash and piles of animal feces.

Lewis' neighbor, Jeff Lytle, said he tried for years to get city and state agencies to intervene, but his efforts weren't successful.

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