Modesto Apartment Evicts Tenants, Locks Pets Inside Condemned Building


The headline alone to this story infuriates me beyond belief.

An apartment building located at 624 9th Street in Modesto was recently condemned by the city after mold, standing water and vermin were discovered, making the location unfit for humans to live in. 80 residents were evicted and given a move out date of either August 14 or September 12, depending on how long they have lived there.

Yesterday, certain units were padlocked WITH people’s possessions, and more importantly THEIR PETS still inside. When one occupant attempted to break the padlock to retrieve his two dogs, he was taken into custody according to KCRA.

“Frustrated is like a nice word for what I’m going through, right now. A very nice word,” resident Ophelia Cooper said. “I feel like it’s animal cruelty because they know the dogs are inside.”

According to the KCRA article, there is typically a long court process involved with evicting residents and a landlord cannot lock out a tenant until that is resolved. Of course the landlord in this incident refused to comment.

More on the story as it develops.


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