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More than 50 cats rescued by Pima Animal Care in hoarding case

4th animal hoarding case in 3 weeks
Posted at 4:23 PM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-06 13:43:18-05

Fifty more cats have been rescued by Pima Animal Care from an animal hoarding house on the east side of town.

Two adult males who were living in the home were arrested on 4 counts of felony animal abuse and have additional charges pending. 

They have been identified at 82-year-old Charles Helms and his 56-year-old son David Helms. 

Both have been booked into jail on 4 counts of Animal Cruelty each. 

The home is near Kenyon and Pantano.

Tucson Police is assisting with the case and said at least 4 dead cats were found inside. 

Code enforcement said the house was non-livable and was condemned.

This rescue comes hours after PACC issued a release that indicated 50 cats from a January 19th hoarding case were available for adoption.

According to Karen Hollish from PACC, this is the 4th animal hoarding case in the past 3 weeks.

The animal shelter is overflowing and they are begging the community to come and adopt some of these cats to make room for the next 50. 

Tucson Police is assisting PACC. Police were called because they were afraid the resident would be hostile. Both agencies are investigating to see if there are any other signs of animal abuse. 

 If you have questions, please contact PACC at 520-247-3649.