Friday, June 29, 2007

Quack Quack

LCPS teacher may face animal cruelty charge

A Las Cruces public school teacher may face numerous charges for animal cruelty after Doña Ana County Sheriff's investigators seized 125 animals from his home Thursday.

According to sheriff's department spokesman Bo Nevarez, deputies and animal control officers worked until midnight to remove an assortment of animals from the home of Jack Catlan.

Catlan works as a speech pathologist at Picacho Middle School, he said.

"One kitten died en route to the animal shelter," Nevarez said. "The animals recovered are now considered evidence and have been placed in the care of the animal shelter."

Investigators removed 33 dogs, 59 cats, 25 chickens, five ducks, two goats and a rooster in the round up.

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