Man charged with cruelty to animals; nearly 100 cats removed from apartment

2014-07-07T13:07:00Z 2014-08-01T07:43:04Z Man charged with cruelty to animals; nearly 100 cats removed from apartmentBy ANGELA BRANDT Montana Standard The Billings Gazette
July 07, 2014 1:07 pm  • 

BUTTE — A man whose cat-packed home was raided last week has been arrested and charged with seven felony counts of cruelty to animals. 

Douglas Dean Billman, 54, was picked up Saturday afternoon at a house on Washoe Street. He posted a $17,000 bond and was released.

Authorities cleared nearly 100 cats Thursday from his residence on Delaware Street in what animal-control officials described as one of the worst cat hoarding cases in Butte history.

The home was in horrific condition, filled with the carcasses of dead cats and piles of feces. 

Officials dressed in hazardous-materials suits entered the home after neighbors complained about the odor. 

Some of the cats were too wild to capture, and animal-control officers set traps to round up the remaining animals. 

Other cats had to be euthanized. A veterinarian was on scene Thursday morning. All of the other cats have been taken to the animal shelter and local vet clinics.

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