60 dead cats found in van, man charged
POSTED: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 1:04am
Elgin, IL (WGN) — An Elgin man has been charged after approximately 60 dead cats and one dead dog have been found piled in a van parked at a residence in Elgin.
William C. Tinkler, 60, of the 200 block of Villa Street is free after posting $150 bail. He has been charged with four counts of Cruelty to Animals, four counts of Violation of Owners Duties and one count of Violation of Dead Animal Disposal Act, all misdemeanors, according to the Elgin Police Department.
The Elgin Police Department and Elgin Animal Control said the resident confirmed he placed the animals in the vehicle "after they had died."
An additional 12 living cats were found roaming his home. Those cats are in the process of being captured so they can be taken to a veterinarian for evaluation.
The city plans to condemn the Villa Street home if it is not cleaned up by tomorrow.
It is believed Tinkler just could not afford so many animals, but no one suspected anything was amiss.