Live Oak police seize 14 cats, 6 dogs found living in squalor inside home
Timothy Talbert, 43, charged with animal cruelty
LIVE OAK, Texas - Fourteen sickly cats and six dogs have been seized from a Live Oak home that police said was covered in fecal matter and rat droppings, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Police arrested Timothy Talbert, 43, the son of the homeowner, whom they said was responsible for the animals.
The affidavit stated that a neighbor noticed a foul odor coming from the home in the 7600 block of Antique Oak Drive and called police on Jan. 10, fearing an elderly woman who lives there may have died.
Live Oak police officers who responded noticed animal waste outside the home and could see a large number of flies inside, the affidavit stated.
However, they were unable, at first, to locate the woman who lived there.
The affidavit stated that officers later contacted Talbert, who lives across the street, and learned that the homeowner is his mother and had been staying with him.
Police said Talbert allowed them inside his mother’s home where they found more than a dozen cats, many of whom were sickly, emaciated and covered in fleas.
The affidavit stated that some of the animals were living in cages while others roamed free in the home.
It also stated that police found six dogs in the home, and nearly every inch of the floor was piled high with animal waste.
Officers questioned Talbert and learned that most of the cats had been placed in his home by the Schertz Humane Society, and he was supposed to foster the animals.
The affidavit stated that Talbert told investigators he was “overwhelmed” with caring for his mother, who suffers from a number of health conditions, and didn’t know what else to do.
Talbert was arrested Monday on four counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals.
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