Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Richard and Shirley Clark - Cheyenne, Wyoming

Jan 13, 2010: Couple pleads not guilty in case of cat hoarding

By Michael Van Cassell

A couple accused of hoarding more than 100 cats pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to animal cruelty charges in Laramie County Circuit Court.

Richard and Shirley Clark of Cheyenne were both cited earlier this month. Each faces four misdemeanor counts - two for animal cruelty and two for failing to vaccinate the cats for rabies.

Cheyenne Animal Shelter Director Rick Collord said 122 cats had been removed from the homes as of Tuesday morning.

More than a handful will be ready for adoption within 24 hours, and another 20 or so are awaiting surgery or antibiotics for respiratory problems, Collord indicated..."

Jan 1, 2010: More cats recovered from a second home

By Jodi Rogstad

One day after Cheyenne Animal Control officers recovered 32 cats from a home on South Second Avenue, they were trapping cats at a second property owned by the same man.

Tuesday, officials became aware of the situation when the 60-year-old made suicidal threats and told a deputy he could no longer care for the cats. The floor was matted with feces and urine, and the man voluntarily went to the hospital.

Wednesday, officers found bigger challenges at the second property on Wenandy Avenue.

The house is vacant, its windows boarded up, and there is no electricity. Cats were seen in the half-light slipping into holes in the walls and into furniture. A neighbor said Tuesday he went to the home twice a day to feed the cats.

The floors were "completely covered" in filth, said shelter manager Rob Shank..." More

Dec 30, 2009: 44 cats taken from Cheyenne man

Jeffrey Wolf / Adam Chodak

Animals control officers removed 44 cats from two different properties of a 60-year-old Cheyenne man this week citing deplorable conditions.

Tuesday, officers with the Cheyenne Animal Shelter removed 34 cats from the man's house on South Second Ave. in Cheyenne, Wyo. On Wednesday, they took away 10 more cats from another property in town.

The shelter's executive director said it is one of the worst hoarding cases his staff has ever seen.

"Our officer actually had to ... get respirators because it was so toxic (inside the house)," Executive Director Rick Collord said..." More