NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Animal control officers in North Las Vegas have issued a misdemeanor animal cruelty citation to an alleged animal hoarder for living in deplorable conditions with 115 cats. 8 News NOW has uncovered she's done this before.
Forty-seven-year-old Nathalie Beck was hauled off in ambulance after Thursday's disturbing discovery at her North Las Vegas home.
"Right now the woman has been charged with one count of animal cruelty, and the investigation continues, so she could potentially face additional charges at the conclusion of the investigation," said Officer Aaron Patty of North Las Vegas Police.
More than 100 cats were removed, and on Friday, animal control officers found other cats outside — and even more hiding inside.
"(Officers will) be out there for the next several days to check just to make sure there aren't any additional cats either inside or near the property," said Patty.
The home was covered in urine and feces and had no air conditioning. The filth was so bad, some animal control officers had to be treated by paramedics.
But, the 47-year-old woman is no stranger to keeping an unhealthy number of cats. She was evicted from an apartment complex on Charleston and Jones boulevards in August 2012, when the City of Las Vegas Animal Control removed 28 cats and a dog.
"My understanding is that apartment is still not even rentable," said Gina Greisen of Nevada Voters for Animals. "It's very disappointing to find out this is not the first time."Beck is an artist and online you'll find many of her paintings of cats. But a closer look reveals many of those cats have died. Hoarders often believe they are helping animals when, in fact, they're hurting them.
"This can't be allowed to go on anymore. This has to stop. This person cannot own animals anymore," said Greisen.
North Las Vegas Police say the one count animal cruelty charge involves many of the cats, but additional charges could still happen. Beck was cited, but not booked into jail. She was unable to be reached for comment.