Neighbors: This House Stinks

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POSTED: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 5:27pm

LAS CRUCES - Take a walk down East Mulberry Avenue in Las Cruces and you'll notice one home is not like the others. One home appears abandoned, and all the cacti are dead or on their way there.

One neighbor says it's worse than it looks.

"I feel sick to my stomach. It's nauseating. The cactus is spilling over into the sidewalk, and it's just rotting and decomposing and creating this stench down this stretch of Mulberry that's almost unbearable," Brooke Roberson said.

The odor from the decomposing plants is foul and easily noticeable.

"God only knows what type of health hazards this could be creating for people who are in this area," Roberson said.

Neighbors tell us the home is abandoned, and they say rotting smell is getting worse. That's why they turned to us. We knocked on the door just to make sure nobody was home, and the city later confirmed to us that the owner is in California. The Las Cruces Code Enforcement Director says the city is giving her until the end of this month to clean up her yard. If she doesn't, code enforcement will slap her with a citation that could have her sitting in jail or paying hundreds of dollars in fines. However, she may never come back to New Mexico. If that happens, the city will be forced to clean up the property, and that wouldn't happen for about a month and a half.

"By then, the temperatures are going to be so high that the smell is going to be, it's nauseating now, but it's going to outrageous by the time something is actually done about it," Roberson said.

We'll check back to make sure the yard gets cleaned up.

Original Post:

LAS CRUCES - People in Las Cruces say a home is stinking up their neighborhood.

The neighbors say the house is unkempt, and they say the rotted cacti that surrounds the home is leaving a foul odor in the air.

The News Channel 9 Troubleshooters are on the case.

See the full story tonight on News Channel 9.

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Maybe the smell isn't from the plants.....has anyone thought about that?

I am a Real Estate Investor here in El Paso and if you can give me the address of the property i would love to talk to the owner and shoot her a cash offer....

Instead of complaining about it, why don't the neighborhood get involved and volunteer to help the neighbor clean up.

The entire town of Las Cruces smells like manure, thanks to the dairy farms in Vado and Anthony. I'm just saying, it might not be the cacti.

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