Suspected cat hoarder charged with animal cruelty


BUTTE, Mont. - A Butte man has been charged with seven counts of animal cruelty after investigators found 100 cats in a home.

According to Butte-Silver Bow Police, Douglas Billman, 54, was arrested at his mother's house on Washoe St.

Last week investigators entered a Delaware Ave. home and found scores of cats, some dead, all in poor health. Neighbors reportedly complained to the city about the home.

The cats that were able to be saved are being treated by local veterinarians.

Billman is currently free on $17,000 bond. He is due back in court on July 9th.