Durham County man charged with 61 counts of animal cruelty
Posted March 19, 2015
Durham, N.C. — A Durham County man was charged with 61 counts of cruelty to animals Wednesday after authorities seized dozens of sick cats from his home over the last two months.
Hector Balaga, of 301 Bill Poole Road in Rougemont, was jailed under a $50,000 secured bond.
Authorities say Balaga was housing dozens of sick cats in small wire cages under a carport structure and in a shed outside his home.
Balaga voluntarily surrendered five cats on Jan. 22 and four more on Jan. 26, authorities said. Authorities seized another 52 cats on Jan. 30.
All of the cats were suffering from illness, including respiratory infections, ulcers, scarring of corneas, scarring of lungs, runny eyes and feline immunodeficiency virus.
The majority of the cats were euthanized, Durham County authorities said.