Some residents' nearly three-year ordeal with an apparent cat-infested residence next door was enough Tuesday night to convince aldermen to recommend in favor of changes to the city's pet ordinance.'
By the time her mother had come to visit the following June, the number had grown to 15 or 16, she said.
By May, the smell "really began to stink," Lathrop said. "You know how spring days in Illinois are wonderful and you open the windows to get fresh air and it smells like cat pee. I would light candles to try to mask the odor of the cat urine and it just wouldn't help, so I would just close my windows."