Louis Kirksey, Jr., of Washington, DC was arrested this morning by the Metropolitan Police Department and charged with four counts of cruelty to animals following an investigation by Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) humane law enforcement officers.
On April 17, HRA’s Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) department received a call about a large number of cats living at a residence on Darrington Street, SW. Upon investigation, officers determined that there were numerous cats living in the residence. After multiple visits to the property over the following two weeks, officers observed no change to the conditions in the residence. On May 8, HLE officers executed a search warrant and discovered a total 10 cats living in the residence, most with medical issues ranging from upper respiratory infections, to eye and ear infections and sores on their bodies. Some of the cats were fearful and lacked socialization.
In addition to the living cats, officers discovered 11 deceased kittens in various stages of decomposition throughout the home. The residence was littered with feces, the furniture was saturated with animal waste, and the house smelled of cat urine.
Kirksey was arrested at his home. Following the arrest, Kirksey will be arraigned, given a status hearing date and released. The court has ordered Kirksey to stay away from animals.
The living cats were rescued from the home and transferred to the care of the Humane Rescue Alliance.
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