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More than 100 cats found at North Hills man's home, 7 dead ones in freezer

April 15, 2011 | 12:04 pm

Los Angeles city prosecutors charged a North Hills man Friday with multiple counts of animal neglect for allegedly hoarding more than 100 cats and keeping seven dead ones in his freezer.

James Howard, 58, also was charged with operating a shelter without a permit.

His alleged cat hoarding was discovered by the Los Angeles Animal Control Task Force, working on a tip.

Once at Howard’s residence, investigators counted 103 cats on the property and more than 80 living in a motor home. They found seven dead cats inside a freezer.

Howard could face up to one year in jail for each count of animal neglect and 180 days for operating a shelter without a permit, city prosecutors said. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 6.

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