Dead cats found in van; Elgin man charged

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 3:33 p.m.CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 6:31 p.m.CDT
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William C. Tinkler

ELGIN – About 60 dead cats – along with a dead dog – were found Wednesday in a van parked at an Elgin home, according to an Elgin Police Department news release. An Elgin man is being held on charges including cruelty to animals.

Charges were filed Wednesday night against William C. Tinkler, 60, of the 200 block of Villa Street in Elgin. He is charged with four counts of cruelty to animals, four counts of violation of owners duties and one count of a violation of the Dead Animal Disposal Act. All charges are misdemeanors.

Police responded to the 200 block of Villa Street at 10:30 a.m., where officers and animal control personnel met with Elgin city code officials investigating the scene.

A city contractor had reportedly alerted the Code Department about the dead felines.

The resident told police and animal control officers he had put an estimated 60 dead cats and one dead dog into his van after they had died, police said.

The resident reportedly said he had another 12 cats living with him.

Animal control officers captured several of the live cats inside and outside the home so they could get a wellness check from a veterinarian, police said.

Police said the remaining cats-at-large are planned to be captured in coming days so they too can be evaluated.

Police reportedly took the resident to police headquarters so he can be questioned about possible animal cruelty and neglect.