Norwalk businessman accused of stuffing newborn kittens into trash can

Man faces second-degree misdemeanor; kittens could not be saved.
Cary Ashby
Jun 13, 2013

A Norwalk businessman faces one count of cruelty to animals in connection with stuffing newborn kittens into a trash can.

Frank W. Mount, 64, of 6 Cedar St., is charged with a second-degree misdemeanor stemming from a suspected offense in Huron. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in the Erie County Jail and a maximum fine of $750.

Mount is the owner of Mount Insurance Agencies Inc., which has offices in Norwalk and Huron.

On May 20, Huron Police Officer James Bowens responded to 1101 Mudbrook Road -- Mount's Huron office -- just after noon, based on a complaint by FSI Waste employee Steve Lopez.

The trash collector was on his trash pick-up route when he refused to haul away the kittens, which were lying on dead shrubbery on the ground. Lopez said Mount confronted him when didn't pick up the kittens and shrubbery because Lopez said they weren't considered trash, police said.

"The report indicates the umbilical cords were still attached," Chief Bob Lippert told the Reflector.

Erie County Dog Warden Barb Knapp responded to the scene as a courtesy call to Huron since she was down the road at a veterinarian's office.

"Some of them were clearly dead. They were fairly newborn," said Knapp, who arrived before two police officers. "Umbilical cords were tied to the branches."

Knapp estimated there were seven kittens and each one was 3 or 4 inches long.

"When I got there, you could hear them," she said about hearing the kittens in the trash can with the shrubbery. "Some eyes were not even open on them. They were half-gone by then. ... You could smell rotting flesh."

When Lopez told Mount another truck handles yard waste, the suspect reportedly picked up the kittens and shrubbery and stuffed them into the trash can designated for yard waste, police said.

Officers determined Mount was responsible for taking care of his mother's cats, Lippert said.

The police report indicates an officer only saw shrubbery sticking out of the trash can when he first approached it, but as he got closer, he "could hear several of the kittens crying in the bottom of the can."

"The shrubbery was lifted out of the can and we located several kittens that had just been born. The umbilical cords were still attached to the kittens and were wrapped up in the shrubbery," Bowens wrote in his report.

A witness at the scene identified Mount as the man who reportedly took out the trash. Knapp said she spoke to the same woman.

Police met with Huron Law Director Laura Alkire about the incident. Lippert said the prosecutor decided a charge of animal cruelty should be filed against Mount.

A veterinarian determined the kittens had to be euthanized, said Knapp, who wasn't able to track down the kittens' mother. She said she went to nearby yard with one of the kittens, where she found three adult cats lying down, but they didn't respond to the kitten's presence.

"I took a couple steps and they took off," Knapp said.

Mount, who couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday, made his first court appearance June 4 in Huron Municipal Court. A clerk said the defendant requested a continuance so he could hire an attorney and defense attorney Reese Wineman later entered a "not guilty" plea. Mount's next hearing is July 9.

Comments

truckin

I just got to know.. Where is it written that a home owner MUST care for every flea bitten animal who happens to come on his property????

hit the road jack

He probably seen these cats in the neighborhood crapping in my garden and I will tell you your cat is history if I see them in my garden squatting! I don't care if your name is Obama,if you like your cats,keep them in your yard because the last thing I want to do is step in cat or dog crap,especially if its not mine and no I do not have cats or a dog!

hor mone

I caint help but surmise that if Obama had a kittin it would look like these kittins.

FlowerMom

If you saw the TV news report about this non-story, you know that the cat probably got in the trash can, turned over at the time, and gave birth, then left. The animal official did not seem too concerned. Half of the kittens in the litter were already dead, and the rest were not doing too good, too far gone, and were euthanized. Man cannot stop nature from doing what it does. And these days, if one happens into your area of influence, you might get charged for being a cruel person for not stopping nature and turning it into a touchy feely sweet little animal.

hit the road jack

If people only knew how many animals PETA kills every year they would freak out and this wouldn't make page 6 in NR.

44846GWP

What ever Jerk, I mean Jack.

TheLegend

First I'd like to say great picture Reflector, way to enhance that Santa picture 1,000 times so we could at least remotely see what Mr. Mount looks like! Second, I want to say that people with an extreme passion for animals are trying to fill a human void in their lives. Yes, animals are living things, but so are dandelions and we stomp on them with reckless abandon! You argue that they have rights, yet you stick them in a locked cage because you are their "owner" and you don't want them to leave you. You take away their free will, which basically makes you a slave owner! So Mr. Mount may have killed a few cats that were messing with his shrubs, what do you suggest slave owner? Maybe whipping them? Hanging them? Maybe beat them with a newspaper or rub their nose in it????

Firelandsobserver

This makes news?

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