Man Charged in Animal Cruelty Investigation

ELGIN (WIFR)-- On September 26, 2012 around 10:30 a.m. the Elgin police department responded to a residence in the 200 block of Villa Street to investigate possible animal cruelty. Police and Animal Control officers met with Elgin City Code officials who were on scene and reporting the discovery of an estimated sixty deceased cats inside a van parked at the residence. Code officials said a City contractor had alerted the Code Department about the dead cats.

Elgin officers and Animal Control officers spoke with the resident who confirmed that he had put an estimated sixty dead cats, and one dead dog, carcass into his van after they had died. The resident also said he had another twelve live cats living with him.

Animal Control captured several of the live cats inside and outside the residence so they could be taken to a veterinarian for a wellness check. The remaining cats at large will be captured in the coming days so they can be evaluated by a veterinarian.

After the completion of interviews, charges were filed in Kane County Court against 60 year old, William C. Tinkler, of Elgin. He is currently being held on multiple charges of animal cruelty and owner duty violations as well as a violation of the dead animal disposal act.

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