Criminal Mischief and Animal Cruelty Charges for Fort Wayne Couple

By Scott Sarvay

June 13, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 12:12 AM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A Fort Wayne couple has now been charged with felony criminal mischief, after crews wearing haz-mat suits had to remove nearly 100-cats from a home.

According to our partner in news, the Journal Gazette, 50-year-old Constance Anderson and 45-year-old Jeffrey Tourney of Irene Avenue, are each charged with two felony counts of criminal mischief and five Class A misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

Court documents show the pair allowed the scores of cats to overrun two rental properties, including this one on Elmer Avenue.

23-live cats and 21-dead ones were found in their other home.

Damage was estimated to be $64,000 at the Elmer Avenue home and $13,000 at the second.

Ammonia could be smelled as far as 15-feet from the closed home, which contained several inches of cat feces throughout, as well as the bodies of cats who'd died.

The couple claimed the cats all came from one pair that continued to breed for six years.

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