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4/17/03 - Crockett

East Texas Couple Suspected Of Starving Cats

   Realtor Patsy Barney is fairly accustomed to opening repossessed houses in Crockett for inspection.

   "Well the smell just nearly knocked us over," says Patsy Barney, the realtor who found the dead cats.

   But nothing could've prepared Patsy for the scene she walked into in the home on Heather Street formerly owned by Frank and Nelda Callier. "And when we looked inside and we saw all of these carcasses and knowing the former owner raised cats in the house, we just assumed they were cats," says Barney.

   "My immediate concern is do we have a health hazard here," says Crockett City Administrator Bill Horn. Bill Horn's next concern, not as city administrator, but as a person, is how could somebody do this to what could be a 100 starved cats.

   "I'll encourage the law enforcement agencies, as a citizen, to press charges. This is a terrible thing to do to any living thing," says Horn.

   Police agree, but say animal cruelty charges may not stand up in court if the statute of limitations has passed since the cats died.

   "A friend of mine was visiting a lady across the way and we came across that yard," says Marie wright, Calliers' former neighbor.

   A neighbor across the street suspected something was up inside, though she remembers the Calliers as good people.

   "I didn't get to the window and I said something is dead in there and the odor was terrible," says Ms. Wright.

   Marie Wright believes the Calliers' haven't lived in the house since 1997, but police say they still get mail there. Neither KLTV or Crockett Police have tracked down the Calliers' to answer the allegations of one of the so-called saddest crimes against animals there in years.

   Dana Dixon, reporting

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