Man with 74 cats in camper to face animal cruelty charges

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on January 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 28 at 3:19 PM

AUBURN, Wash. -- The man who had 74 cats and one dog crammed in his camper will likely be charged with second degree animal cruelty.

Jerry Reynolds, who is originally from Oregon, has been living in his truck for the last five weeks while he visits his girlfriend at Auburn Regional Medical Center.

Thursday evening, someone reported seeing multiple cats in the windows of the camper outside the medical center.

King County Animal Control responded and found the camper to be unsafe for the animals.

KING 5 News was there as the cats were counted and examined by veterinarians at a makeshift clinic. The conditions inside the camper were cramped and unsanitary, with feces on the floor.

Reynolds helped animal control officers remove the cats from the camper as veterinarians examined them. He said the  name of almost every cat as he handed them to authorities.

Reynolds said he had no other choice but to take the cats with him in the camper, instead of leaving them to fend for themselves.

"It was better than letting them go," he said.

Officials say the cats are not available for adoption or for fostering because the situation is in its very early stages. They will post updates on Facebook and the King County website.

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For information on adopting a pet from King County Regional Animal Services visit their website.

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