William Tinkler charged with animal cruelty, Elgin home condemned, after 60 dead cats, 1 dog found in van

September 27, 2012 (ELGIN, Ill.)

The stately residence located in the 200-block of Villa Street was once home to the animals. But on Thursday morning, the Elgin buildings department had placed a sticker on the building, marking it condemned.

Neighbors say they were aware that Tinkler, 60, had many pets and seemed like a responsible pet owner.

"He has taken very good care of his animals and in no way should he be hit with animal cruelty," said friend Cynthia Mellom.

Police are still trying to determine what caused the animals to die and how long they have been dead.

"No matter how they died, whether they died naturally or of old age, you still don't want to pile up bodies in a van and leave it in a residential area," said Lt. Dan O'Shea, Elgin Police Department.

Tinkler's bond was set at $150. According to an Elgin spokesman, Tinkler will not be in court Thursday because he posted the required bond amount Wednesday night. His next court appearance was set for November 2 in the Elgin Branch Court.

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