Thursday, December 31, 2015

July 6, 2015: Cat hoarder and career criminal, Jerry McCallum, to serve 3 years for animal cruelty

Jerry Matthew McCallum
White male
DOB: 11-28-1973

Sentenced 7-06-2015 to 3 years in prison on five counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
Currently housed at Walton Correctional Institute
Release date: 1-24-2018

McCallum's criminal history includes: possession of burglary tools, multiple counts of grand theft, trafficking in stolen property, and witness tampering.

FLORIDA -- Jerry McCallum, who shared a Crestview-area home with a woman and 92 cats, will serve 36 months in prison for cruelty to animals and violating his probation.

In December of 2014, McCallum’s probation officer entered the home at 1208 E. Chestnut Ave. and discovered that little to nothing had been done to comply with his request to clean it.

The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society was called in and removed the 92 cats. Some were already dead and nearly all were so sick they had to be put down, PAWS Director Dee Thompson said afterward.

Some of the cats were missing eyes, while others had holes in their mouths and tongues. All had been exposed to highly contagious diseases.

McCallum pleaded no contest Monday to five felony counts of animal cruelty and two misdemeanor charges of animal abandonment, according to Assistant State Attorney Clifton Drake. He admitted to the probation violation.

Felicia Guy, the woman with whom McCallum shared the Chestnut Avenue trailer, did not offer a plea at her Monday docket day, but will appear in court again Friday, Drake said.

“I anticipate she probably will plea, but I can’t say that for sure since nothing has been signed yet,” McCallum said.

First Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bruce Miller confirmed that his office negotiated the McCallum plea. Guy is represented by the Office of Regional Counsel.


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