Cat Hoarder Suspect James Howard Kept More Than 100 Felines in And Around His North Hills Motor Home, Authorities Say
We love when people prove stereotypes wrong. Like this guy, James Howard, who was charged this week with multiple criminal counts related to his alleged cat hoarder.
You thought all cat hoarders were crazy old ladies living in homes they've had since the 1950s? Wrong.
This suspect, 58, kept more than 100 cats around his North Hills, yard-parked motor home, authorities claim. Here's what the L.A. City Attorney's office alleges (in a statement):
On January 6, 2011, following a public tip, members of the ACTF [Animal Control Task Force ]served a search warrant at a residence in North Hills where Howard resided in a motor home parked in the yard. Investigating officers found 103 cats on the property with more than 80 found living in the motor home. Seven dead animals were also found in the mobile home's freezer. Animal Services took the cats into custody and transported them to a local shelter for examination and treatment by a veterinarian.
Howard was charged with 46 counts of animal neglect and one count of operating a shelter without a permit.
He could face a year in jail -- if convicted. He was due in court next month.