North Hills Man Accused Of Hoarding More Than 100 Cats

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A North Hills man faces animal neglect charges after the discovery of more than 100 cats in and around a motor home.

James Howard, 58, was charged with 46 counts of animal neglect and one count of operating a shelter without a permit, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Members of the Los Angeles Animal Control Task Force discovered 103 cats on the property, including more than 80 inside the motor home where Howard lived, when they served a search warrant on a public tip.

Seven dead animals were also found in the freezer, officials said.

The cats were taken to a local shelter for examination and treatment by a veterinarian, according to the City Attorney’s Office.

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  • Smelly Cat

    Does the LA Animal Control Task Force want to come and take the 15+ feral cats that poop on my roof, poop on my lawns, spray my front door all day long, eat my dog food, mate on my roof, fight on my roof, and have babies in my bushes??? (I won’t hold my breath.) The spraying on my front door has gotten so bad that it’s literally starting to rust the hinges and frame. And we’re constantly battling cat pee/spray odors in my house ’cause it seeps in! We were told by the city that feral and domestic cats have all the rights to be where they want to be and do what they want to do. Trapping is illegal.

    • Rikki

      Trapping is totally legal. I have used the humane traps (available at the animal shelter for rent)…they are worth their weight in gold! Trap and have animal control come. They will.

      • Chris

        Im sorry the correct link is

      • Chris

        Damn auto refresh messed up my wording……..”DONT have animal control pick them up……More feral cats will take the same spot….

      • Chris

        NO! no take them to the animal shelter! or dont have them pick them up…..Contact or call…..look them up in Burbank….They will spay/neuter for free…..They can tell you how to get free humane traps to trap yourself or you can ask them for assistance…..Take the responsibility and have them fixed so no more litters of cats…..problem solved!

    • Gabriela Palafox

      There are TNR groups that will trap, neuter, and release the cats to their homes (place of origin) at no cost to you. This would address your issues with spraying, mating on your roof, and the kittens that repeat this never ending cycle. These cats are not deliberately complicating your life. They were abandoned by your neighbors long ago. You could consider becoming a feeder since they are at your front door. There are feeder groups that can provide low cost or no cost food for you. You have more options than the one you have embraced, which is to complain and blame the blameless. Please consider doing what is humane, embrace some humanity and enrich their lives as well as your own.

      • Astonished

        Thank you. Instead of screaming to the high heavens about them, help them. Most kittens, if socialized early make wonderful lifelong pets, and spaying and neutering the adults allows them to remain in the area cleaning up rats and mice without adding to the population. Besides, if you trap and remove these cats, more will come. Trust me it’s better to TNR those who have established a territory around your house, then fight off new ones.

  • Kathy

    I know this guy…his parents messed him up big time!!! Hang in there, Jimmy…the Lord is coming soon and I hope you’ve become a believer!!!!! God Bless you always!!


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