Authorities were forced to euthanize dozens of sickly cats found in a cockroach-infested apartment shared by an elderly woman and her adult daughter, officials said.
Police found 76 unhealthy cats - and four dead ones - in the women's apartment when they arrived to mediate a dispute with a downstairs neighbor, Officer Jackie Bezart said Tuesday.
All but two of the cats had to be euthanized, city animal services manager Wesley Moore said.
"I'm really sad, you know," apartment building manager Susan Pare said. "I feel bad for them and all of those critters."
Neighbor Mary Cuevas told KCAL-TV she called exterminators after hundreds of cockroaches swarmed from the women's apartment into her own unit.
"I was at my wits end about this, so I yelled out my window that they were filthy pigs," she said. "And so they called the police and said I was harassing them."
Lt. Michelle Quigley of the city's animal control department said responding officers found "bags and bags of just trash and defecation, urine, insects, floor-to-ceiling."
City animal-control personnel were called to remove the cats from the apartment, Bezart said.
The women - whose names were not released - were being held for psychiatric evaluation, she said.