HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For years, Kalihi residents have complained about the amount of trash piling up at a home at the corner of Gulick Avenue and Pacheco Street.
But cell phone video shot by an area resident last week shows that trash wasn't the only problem, and the discovery is prompting calls for the state to investigate.
The video shot by Ray Carre shows rows and rows of cat carriers stored under the home, many of them containing the remains of cats.
Some of the cats are decomposing.
Carre said several bags he took from the basement also contained cat skeletons.
"You can smell the death over here," he said.
"The whole situation is horrific. This is the worst thing I've had to deal with my entire life."
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Carre estimated that there about 200 pet carriers under the property and many contain dead cats. But the woman who lives at the home disputed that. She said there are only 10 to 20 cat remains at the home.
The woman, who would not give her name, said the cats were already dead when she brought them there.
"What they are are …. cats that were on the streets and were killed," she said.
She said she collects the dead cats, then disinfects them and buries them in the mountains.
But she said her car recently broke down, and she's in bad health, and that's forced her to store the cat remains under her home.
Environmental watchdogs said the cat remains are a potential hazard for nearby neighbors and they're calling on the state to look into the situation.
"It's a health risk. We don't know the nature of the animals when they were first acquired. If they were sick, diseased or what have you," said Carroll Cox, of Envirowatch Inc. "Immediate actions should be done to stop her."