Oklahoma City man faces animal cruelty charges after officers find dead and live cats in house

An Oklahoma City man is facing animal cruelty charges after city animal welfare officials found 10 dead and 14 live cats in his house. The floor of Terry Alan Chesser’s house at 3620 NW 26 was covered in cat feces when animal welfare officers arrived Thursday, police said.
by Silas Allen Published: March 14, 2014
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An Oklahoma City man is facing animal cruelty charges after city animal welfare officials found 10 dead and 14 live cats in his house.

The floor of Terry Alan Chesser’s house at 3620 NW 26 was covered in cat feces when animal welfare officers arrived Thursday morning, said Trace Lyons, a unit operations manager with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division. Animal welfare officers found no food in the house, and water and electricity had been cut off.

Animal welfare officers wore respirators while searching the house to protect themselves from the conditions inside, Lyons said.

“It was a complete mess,” Lyons said.

Oklahoma City police arrested Chesser. A state health inspector condemned the house from human occupancy and animal welfare workers took the cats. The 14 live cats had to be euthanized due to feline leukemia, Lyons said.

Chesser, 52, faces 10 counts of animal cruelty in connection with the dead cats and received 14 city citations. He was being held in the Oklahoma County jail Friday morning on $20,000 bail.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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