|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last Known Address|
|Donald Westcott, 55||50 dead cats found in freezers, 30 live cats also found on the property||
Lake Worth, FL
Palm Beach County
|September 10, 2014|
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved||Case Status||Next Court Date /Courthouse|
|Pending civil court case||Felony child pornography||80 cats||Not charged|
Palm Beach Sheriff's deputies who were serving a warrant to arrest a Lake Worth man on child pornography charges discovered fifty dead cats stuffed in freezers in the man's home.
Animal Care and Control were called to remove the dead cats from the man's home. Neighbors claimed to have seen dozens of cats wandering the streets where the house is for months, but weren't sure where they were coming from. Officials, who were forced to wear masks due to the stench, also found 30 live cats living on the property.
Photo courtesy of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office The Sheriff's Department had been carrying an ongoing investigation on Douglas Westcott, 55, who was suspected of having child pornography in his possession.
Palm Beach Sheriff's deputies moved ahead with arresting Westcott, and served a warrant on the home he was staying in on the 5900 block of Ithaca Circle West in Lake Worth.
Upon moving in to arrest Westcott, police found several pictures of underage juveniles in the home. They also happened upon the gruesome discovery inside the filthy home.
Westcott was arrested on child pornography charges while animal control was called in to take care of the dead cats.
According to the report, three trucks from Animal Care and Control were called in, and several officials were able to remove cages with still living cats and kittens, as well as the 50 dead cats found in four freezers.
Police interviewed Westcott to see if he would voluntarily give up custody of the living cats. But Westcott is refusing to give up custody.
Officials said that most of the living cats were suffering from respiratory and skin problems.
Investigators will need to decide to pursue a civil case against Westcott for custody of the cats, especially if it's found that the animals have been abused or neglected.
Animal Care and Control Capt. David Walesky said necropsies would be conducted on some of the dead cats.
As for Westcott, he now faces three counts of possession of child pornography and is currently awaiting booking.
Reference: New Times Broward-Palm Beach