100 dead cats found in French pensioner’s home

Animal protection associations are set to file criminal charges against a French 81-year-old for appalling mistreatment and negligence.

100 dead cats have been found in French pensioner's home. Animal welfare groups intend to lay charges.
100 dead cats have been found in French pensioner's home. Animal welfare groups intend to lay charges. (Credit: Pacto Visual - Unsplash)

Around 100 dead cats were found in the home of a retired man in southern France, animal protection associations said Monday.

The volunteers were alerted by the niece of the 81-year-old who entered his house on Sunday after he was taken to hospital in Nice on the French Riviera and discovered the lifeless pets.

Most of the dead cats were stored in sealed plastic or wooden containers, the regional daily Nice-Matin reported.

In addition to the cats found in and around the house, there were also remains of squirrels and rats, and a dog’s jaw.

More than 20 severely undernourished cats were rescued from the house alive and handed over to veterinarians or placed in foster homes.

“Judging from their positions most of the cats were already dead when they were put in these boxes,” Philippe Desjacques, president of the La Tribu du Fourmilier association, told AFP. “But we think that at least two were locked in alive.”

The mangled remains of one cat were found on the living room sofa, partly devoured by other cats.

Desjacques said the pensioner was probably suffering from Noah syndrome, which describes people hoarding a large number of animals, often out of loneliness, without being able to look after their needs.

Noah syndrome is a category of the Diogenes syndrome that describes people hoarding objects.

Desjacques said the animal protection associations would file criminal charges against the man for mistreatment of animals and negligence.

Member comments

  1. The man is clearly old and mentally ill. What in the name of heaven are they thinking of to be filing ‘criminal’ charges for? He needs help, not punishment.

    1. Correct but don’t forget that is today’s society the “do-gooder ‘s” have to be appeased at all costs.👿

  2. Perhaps the local authorities need a formal statement from a judge to prevent him starting again when he leaves hospital. It is nearly impossible to take animals away if the owners don’t agree with such an action. It is to help the man, not to harm him or new animals.

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Suspect arrested over 2012 murder of British family in French Alps

French police on Wednesday detained a man over the 2012 killing of a British family in a remote part of the French Alps, prosecutors said, a rare development in one of France's most notorious unsolved cold cases.

French Alpine village of Lathuile
The murders took place near the small village of Lathuile in the Savoie area of France. Photo: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP

The arrest will allow investigators to carry out searches and check the individual’s movements around the time of the killing of three members of the Al-Hilli family and a passing French cyclist on September 5th, 2012, prosecutors in Annecy said.

The individual, whose age and gender were not specified, was detained by police from the Alpine town of Chambery.

Saad al-Hilli, a 50-year-old Iraqi-born British tourist in France, was gunned down along with his 47-year-old wife Iqbal and her 74-year-old mother  in a woodland car park close to the village of Chevaline in the hills above Lake Annecy.

Each was shot several times in their British-registered BMW estate car and more than two dozen used bullet casings were found near the vehicle.

The couple’s two daughters, aged seven and four at the time, survived the gruesome attack, but the older girl was shot and badly beaten.

A 45-year-old French cyclist, Sylvain Mollier, was also killed after apparently stumbling upon the scene.

Almost a decade after the killings, French and British police have so far failed to make any real progress in the case despite a massive effort involving officers on both sides of the Channel.