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Monday, Jun 23, 2008County: Fond du Lac
Case Images: 12 files available
Defendant/Suspect: Allan C. Roach
Case Updates: 2 update(s) available
The Fond du Lac Humane Society is asking for help after 165 cats were confiscated overnight by authorities from a home on East Follett Street.
The Fond du Lac Police Department continued to work this morning to get more cats out of the home occupied by two brothers, said Major Dennis Fortunato of the Fond du Lac Police Department.
Authorities responded to the home Monday night after receiving a call from a neighbor complaining about a strong stench in the area.
"We got a call from a neighbor about a strong smell of urine coming from the home," Fortunato said
It was unclear Tuesday morning why the two brothers had so many cats or whether the matter was criminal in nature as authorities continue to investigate. Fortunato said police have been in contact with the residents of the home but no one has been taken into custody.
No other kinds of animals are believed to be in the home.
The Fond du Lac Humane Society was working Tuesday morning to get the cats into the shelter and checked out, said Shelter Manager Lucy Mathers. She said none of the cats were in terrible health.
"They seem in OK health. Some have minor eye infections but they are all very friendly," she said.
With the unexpected influx of cats, Mathers said the shelter is in need of litter, cat food and volunteers to help all the animals. Donations of money and foster homes for the cats are also needed.
Those interested in assisting may stop by the Fond du Lac Humane Society at 652 Triangle Road or call the shelter at 922-8873.
|A man who lived in a Fond du Lac home with 178 cats and a refrigerator containing dead kittens will spend 100 hours helping animals.|
Allan C. Roach, 57, now of Portage, entered a no contest plea last week to 10 counts of failure to maintain adequate sanitation for an animal.
Ten counts of failure to maintain adequate ventilation for an animal were dismissed.
Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Dale English ordered Roach to serve one year of probation and to complete the community service at the Columbia County Humane Society. If Roach is arrested for mistreatment of animals, he will serve six months in jail, according to English's sentencing decision.
On June 23, 2008, police entered the home of Roach and his brother, Scott P. Roach, to find hardwood floors covered in urine stains, feces throughout the home and a sewage backup in the basement, according to the criminal complaint.
When officers entered the home, windows were not open and the smell of urine made their eyes water, according to the complaint.
Scott Roach showed officers a cat that was malnourished with its tongue sticking out of a closed mouth. The cat was making moaning and gurgling noises, according to the complaint.
The dead cats and kittens in the refrigerator died in the winter and were supposed to be buried, according to the complaint.
The home at 190 E. Follett St. was later demolished by the City of Fond du Lac.
Allan Roach reported during his initial appearance that his brother died since the 2008 incident.
|Source: Fund du Lac Reporter - Oct 3, 2010|
Update posted on Oct 3, 2010 - 7:25PM
|A Wisconsin man is accused of neglecting 178 cats and keeping dead kittens wrapped in foil in his refrigerator.|
Allan C. Roach faces 20 misdemeanor charges. He was charged earlier this week with 10 counts of failure to maintain adequate sanitation for an animal, and 10 counts of failure to maintain adequate ventilation for an animal.
The case dates back to June 2008 when the cats were found in a home Roach used to share with his brother in Fond du Lac. Prosecutors say they delayed charging Roach in part because they were short-staffed.
The criminal complaint says many of the cats were missing patches of fur or were skinny.
A telephone number for the 57-year-old Roach, now of Portage, could not be found Saturday.
|Source: WTOP - Aug 21, 2010|
Update posted on Oct 3, 2010 - 7:24PM
- Fond du Lac Reporter - June 28, 2008 Chicago Tribune - June 28, 2008 MyFox Wisconsin - June 28, 2008 The Northwestern - June 28, 2008
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