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Man charged after hundreds of cats found in deplorable conditions

POLK COUNTY, Iowa – According to our media partners in Des Moines, WHO, a Polk County man is facing several charges related to hundreds of cats found in deplorable conditions.

A criminal complain says 65-year-old Dennis Carlson was living with more than 75 cats indoors with him. Conditions were deplorable with cat feces ranging from six inches deep to over a foot deep in some places.

The complaint says feces covered all surfaces in the residence. According to the complaints, “A large number of the cats were in poor health, including but not limited to emaciation, heavy parasites, neurological diseases and abscesses.”

Around 193 dead cats were found in the bar, garage and residence.

WHO reports that Carlson was booked into the Polk County Jail Tuesday afternoon on five charges of animal neglect and three charges of failure to dispose of a dead animal.

Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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