100-plus cats seized from man’s home

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first_imgPALMDALE – A Palmdale man accused of animal hoarding was cooperative, but seemed indifferent to health and safety concerns when confronted by authorities Monday night after more than 100 cats were removed from his home earlier in the day, the lead investigator assigned to the case said Wednesday. Tom Simpson, 48, is accused of keeping feral cats in his home in the 37900 block of Antibes Court in unsanitary conditions – a situation that posed health risks, said Walter Jimison, a Palmdale code enforcement officer. County animal control and health and safety officers removed 116 cats – including two that were dead – from the home Monday, Jimison said. Authorities were unable to remove an additional 20 or so felines living in walls. Simpson was permitted a few hours to remove personal items from the condemned property, Jimison said. Simpson, who works for a real estate broker, was not jailed, but will face felony animal cruelty charges. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He seemed very coherent, but he really didn’t seem to grasp the totality of the situation,” Jimison said. Jimison said building and safety officials told him it would cost about $75,000 to $150,000 to rehabilitate the home, a project that will probably take months. He said Simpson’s mortgage lender assigned investigators to evaluate the home’s condition Monday. Jimison said Simpson’s permission will be needed to set up traps in the home to remove the remaining cats. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802last_img read more