Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 19, 2012

2 plead guilty over cat damage to Fort Wayne homes

The Associated Press

Fort Wayne — A man and woman have pleaded guilty to allowing dozens of cats to overrun two houses they rented in Fort Wayne and cause thousands of dollars in damage.

Authorities say the cats that 50-year-old Constance Anderson and 45-year-old Jeffrey Tourney were responsible for caused $64,000 in damage to one home and $13,000 to another.

The Journal Gazette reports Anderson and Tourney pleaded guilty Thursday in an Allen County court to felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

They face possible sentences of six months to three years in jail on the most serious charges.

Complaints about one of the houses led to city officials finding 84 living and 14 dead cats inside. Officials say the house was filled with cat feces and urine and was condemned.