Man Wants Confiscated Cats Back
Charged with animal cruelty
A man who had 22 cats confiscated by Anchorage Animal Control over the weekend says he wants his animals back.
Jim Hershberger says he doesn’t understand why he is facing a charge of animal cruelty.
According to police, Hershberger’s 22 cats were loaded into four crates in his broken down car parked in an industrial area in South Anchorage where Hershberger says a friend was letting him stay. Police say the temperature inside the vehicle was between five degrees above and five degrees below zero.
But Hershberger says the animals were used to living in the car, even in cold conditions. He says he was using a space heater to keep them warm but officers came right before he had a chance to fire up the heater again.
Hershberger’s says he considers the cats his family and they were never abused. On Tuesday, Anchorage Animal Control said preliminary health checks on the cats show all are in fair to good condition although none are neutered or spayed.
But Hershberger’s call to get the cats back isn’t likely to happen any time soon. He is facing charges of animal cruelty and it will be up to city prosecutors to decide how to proceed with the case.