This reporter wrote earlier about an Elgin, Illinois man who had dozens of dead cats in his van. He was charged with four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and five other misdemeanor violations of Elgin city codes. He told authorities he put the animals in the van because of a desire to preserve them.
The exact count of dead cats turned out to be 43. 4 cats were found alive and taken to a veterinarian. Elgin Animal Control officer James Rog said, “Depending on court rulings and the animals’ health, these cats could either be returned to Tinkler, put up for adoption or “put to sleep.”
Police said Tinkler told them he owns 12 live cats, but only 4 were recovered. Police Cmdr. Glenn Theriault said a city attorney will ask for a court order authorizing authorities to seize any animals found in the house or in its yard. Initial reports that 12 live animals had been rescued were incorrect
No time period was given for the death of the animals, but neighbors had talked among themselves about the smell all summer and kept windows shut. The cats will not be necropsied due to cost.
The tally of dead animals so far that were found in the van is: 43 dead cats, birds, squirrels, opossums, a muskrat and other species. There was also a report earlier that a dog was dead in the van.
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