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Posted: 5/14/2003 7:36:26 AM EDT
Some call it one of the worst cases of animal abuse ever seen. Dozens of cats, perhaps as many as 100, have been found dead inside a home once occupied by Frank and Nelda Callier in Crockett. Investigators say it looks like someone locked the doors, and left the cats to starve. Vera Woolley, who lives next door, says the Colliers moved out seven years ago. Since then, they've kept the home's water and electricity turned on, and the lawn cut. Vera says she remembers them as good neighbors,"(They) had a little garden in the back and she baked for other people. She was a good cook, good housekeeper. I don't understand what happened to them." The home was being repossessed. A real estate agent who went to the home discovered the skeletal remains spread throughout the vacant house. For now, the remains of the cats are still in the home. Authorities are looking into what, if any, charges will be filed. Realtor Patsy Barney is fairly accustomed to opening repossessed houses in Crockett for inspection. "Well the smell just nearly knocked us over," says Patsy Barney, the realtor who found the dead cats. But nothing could've prepared Patsy for the scene she walked into in the home on Heather Street formerly owned by Frank and Nelda Callier. "And when we looked inside and we saw all of these carcasses and knowing the former owner raised cats in the house, we just assumed they were cats," says Barney. "My immediate concern is do we have a health hazard here," says Crockett City Administrator Bill Horn. Bill Horn's next concern, not as city administrator, but as a person, is how could somebody do this to what could be a 100 starved cats. "I'll encourage the law enforcement agencies, as a citizen, to press charges. This is a terrible thing to do to any living thing," says Horn. Police agree, but say animal cruelty charges may not stand up in court if the statute of limitations has passed since the cats died. "A friend of mine was visiting a lady across the way and we came across that yard," says Marie wright, Calliers' former neighbor. A neighbor across the street suspected something was up inside, though she remembers the Calliers as good people. "I didn't get to the window and I said something is dead in there and the odor was terrible," says Ms. Wright. Marie Wright believes the Calliers' haven't lived in the house since 1997, but police say they still get mail there. Neither KLTV or Crockett Police have tracked down the Calliers' to answer the allegations of one of the so-called saddest crimes against animals there in years. Pics here: [url]http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/rintintinviii/catsmurdered.html[/url] Nothing for the faint of heart!
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 8:13:33 AM EDT
I'm no cat lover, but that's just wrong!
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 8:19:49 AM EDT
That's just plain SICK!
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 8:38:48 AM EDT
They should be sent to prison and fed nothing but bread and water for life.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 8:50:35 AM EDT
Originally Posted By P806: I'm no cat lover, but that's just wrong!
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I agree...even I can't make a joke about this one. Sgtar15
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 9:27:20 AM EDT
[pissed] [pissed] [pissed] [pissed] [pissed] [pissed] [pissed]
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 9:46:42 AM EDT
they make their own General Tso's chicken and just wanted their meat a little lean.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 9:47:45 AM EDT
[puke]There is no defense. Those animals suffered horrible lingering deaths. I am surprised the neighbors didn't hear the cats crying. My fat ass cat cries loud enough to wake the the whole block if he does not get his 0630 cup of food. I can only imagine the cries from a hundred starving animals that came from that house.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 9:57:58 AM EDT
I am a cat lover, and there aren't words for how pissed I am that someone did that. Shit, that's just an hour from where I live.
Link Posted: 5/14/2003 10:09:42 AM EDT
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