A man who was found to have dead cats in his van last September has been ruled fit to stand trial. William C. Tinkler of Elgin, Illinois is considered able to understand the charges against him, which include four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty
A hearing is set for April 11. This Examiner wrote previously about Tinkler's alleged crimes, "60 dead cats found in van." The cause of death of the animals in his care was not determined and no necropsies were done. At one time there was a concern that the few living cats, who had gone into rescue, could be returned to his care. Tinkler was also alleged to be tampering with traps set to catch more cats that might be living on his property. However, he was made to relinquish all the animals.
Despite the number of dead cats and animals found on his property, the maximum Tinkler may be sentenced to is one year in jail.
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