Authorities discovered dead cats in cold storage and dozens more animals living in filthy conditions Tuesday at the home of a man who led police on a high-speed chase and later claimed he was rushing his sick cat to the veterinarian.
Animal control officials and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas found several dead cats inside a refrigerator and freezer during a search of Ron Teague's home. The dead cats were found rolled inside towels and many had handwritten notes detailing when and where the animal was found dead, the SPCA of Texas said.
Workers also removed 11 dogs and 43 cats and kittens from Teague's home, which had feces and urine-soaked furniture, hundreds of empty cans of food and litter boxes full of feces, the SPCA of Texas said in a statement.
Teague was jailed on a charge of evading detention following a chase through Dallas and neighboring suburbs Monday. The chase, carried live on several local TV stations, ended with the driver pulling over and officers tackling him. Teague's wife relinquished the animals to Dallas Animal Services, which transferred them to the SPCA of Texas.
The animals will be evaluated, spayed and neutered, vaccinated, implanted with microchips and made available for adoption, the SPCA of Texas said.