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Last updated on Thursday, July 12, 2012
(MUNCIE) - The body of a decomposing dog and more than a dozen cats living in filth were found after a Muncie man died over the weekend, police said.
George Larkin was found dead Sunday at the Hill Top Motel on Muncie's south side, where he had been living recently, the Star Press reported.
Seven years ago, Larkin pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after dead and deformed dogs were found in his west side Muncie home in the 1200 block of North Bittersweet Lane.
When county health officials searched Larkin's motel room following his death, they found the decomposing body of a large dog and several cats hiding among piles of trash.
A search of his home revealed even worse conditions, with large bags of dog food barricading the doors and at least 15 cats living in urine, feces and piles of trash.
Even though Larkin lived in the motel, neighbors said he had been coming to the house in the middle of the night to feed the cats.
The cats were being assessed and will be transported to rescue facilities in Indianapolis.
Larkin's home deemed unfit for human habitation by health officials.
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