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VERNON HILLS, Ill. (CBS) — A house in Vernon Hills is reportedly emitting an odor so foul, it’s not fit for man or beast.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, the home in the 0-99 block of Brook Hill Lane in the Stone Fence Farms subdivision has been the subject of odor complaints. Now, it has been deemed uninhabitable for human occupancy, the Daily herald reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports


The ruling by the Village of Vernon Hills followed complaints about the odors of urine and feces emanating from the house, with one neighbor saying she couldn’t open her windows or use her backyard deck because of the stench, the Daily Herald reported.

In 2004, animal control workers came to the house and removed roughly 130 cats, almost half of which were euthanized. The woman who owned the cats, Lisa Sliwa, remained in the house.

When the odor complaints began piling up this year, Sliwa said she was in compliance with a rule that she cannot own more than three animals, and said she is being harassed, the Daily Herald reported.

She also said she couldn’t smell anything.

Inspectors are not saying what they found inside the house, but they are pondering their next move.