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Trashing kittens nets cruelty charge

Tom Jackson • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Huron police filed one count of cruelty to animals, a second-degree misdemeanor, against Frank W. Mount, 64, of Norwalk, owner of the Mount Insurance Agency.

Officers went to the scene after a trash collector refused to haul away the baby cats and called the dog pound instead.

The kittens could not be saved and had to be euthanized, Erie County Dog Warden Barb Knapp said.

Mount appeared in Huron Municipal Court June 4, where he asked for a continuance rather than entering a plea. Court records show he’s scheduled for a pretrial hearing July 9, before Judge William Steuk.

On Monday, Mount said he has no comment.

Huron officer James Bowens was dispatched to the 1100 block of Mudbrook Road shortly after noon May 20. 

FSI Waste employee Steve Lopez told police he was on his trash pickup route when he encountered a man who was next to some kittens lying on dead shrubbery on the ground. When Lopez didn’t pick up the kittens and shrubbery, the man confronted him, Lopez said. 

When Lopez told the man the kittens and shrubbery were not trash and that another truck handles yard waste, the man picked up the kittens and shrubbery and stuffed them into the trash can designated for yard waste, the report stated.

When Bowens arrived, he saw only shrubbery sticking from the waste can. But then he got closer.   

“As I approached the can, I could hear several of the kittens crying in the bottom of the can,” Bowens wrote. “The shrubbery was lifted out of the can and we located several kittens that had just been born. The umbilical cords were still attached to the kittens and were wrapped up in the shrubbery.”

A woman at the scene identified Mount as the man who took out the trash. Police told the woman the kittens should have been transported to the Humane Society.

Knapp said she tried to locate the kittens’ mother and could not. Several grown cats at the scene ran away, and it was unclear if one was the mother.

A veterinarian determined the kittens had to be euthanized.

“The vet said they were way too young,” Knapp said. “They were suffering.”

Knapp does not have a contract to work as the city of Huron’s humane officer, so instead of filing a charge herself she advised police to file one. 

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