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Neighbors angry over abandoned properties on Wheeling Island

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 06:47 PM EDT

Neighbors on Wheeling Island say abandoned and vacant properties are causing some real issues.

Everything from squatters, dead animals, rotting furniture, tires and even a kitchen sink fill the properties.

Bill Seabright said the island has really changed since when he was a kid. Seabright has lived on Wheeling Island for more than 70 years.

“It was nice back then,” said Seabright. “You didn’t have to lock your doors and could leave your windows open.”

Seabright says “slumlords” and people who don’t take care of their properties have taken over.

“It’s sad, but these people are really hurting our neighborhood,” said Seabright. “Nothing is being done and we’re complaining about it.”

One neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, said the vacant homes are being used by prostitutes and drug dealers.

“They are ridden with these criminals and they also have rats, fleas and stray cats coming in and out.”

Neighbors say police patrol, but the littering has also gotten out of control.

“People just throw their garbage wherever they want,” said an unidentified neighbor.

Seabright said his main concern is the dozens of homes being left unattended.

“It’s time to tear these building down or make the owners repair or raise them at their own expense,” said Seabright.

Nancy Prager, director of the city of Wheeling’s Economic and Community Development Department, said she will look into the list of properties NEWS9 is providing.

Neighbors angry over abandoned properties on Wheeling Island

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