Despite the removal of her 54 cats and two refuse bins of debris, Gloria Wilson's tiny Lansdowne rowhouse remained so offensive Friday that a Baltimore County building engineer couldn't make it to the second floor.
"I was having trouble holding in my stomach," Raymond S. Wisnom Jr., assistant county building engineer, testified yesterday in Towson District Court. Mr. Wisnom said he was reared on a dairy and hog farm, but "none of our farm buildings were as filthy as this house."
Based on that testimony, Judge G. Darrell Russell Jr. ordered Mrs. Wilson, 67, to move off the front porch of her home until the place is cleaned and rebuilt enough to become habitable. "Human beings should not be living in there," Judge Russell said.
Although she didn't testify or speak in court, Mrs. Wilson said after the hearing she would not move.
"I am not leaving," she said vehemently to county social workers. "I won't have anything left when I come back."
Several witnesses said plastic bags piled 2 to 4 feet deep fill the front yard. Mrs. Wilson and her 47-year-old son are going through the belongings inside to see what is salvageable. All the kitchen appliances have been removed along with carpeting, ceiling wallboard and kitchen flooring, and a new roof has been installed.
Even with the work done to clean out the house, the place -- bare of appliances and without electricity or hot water -- is grimy and dirty, Mr. Wisnom said.