MYRTLE SPRINGS, Texas -- A caretaker has been arrested after East Texas authorities discovered an elderly man living in poor conditions among hundreds of animals - including dogs, cats, sheep, goats, geese, roosters and rabbits.
Richard Anthony Delfeld Jr., 53, was arrested Sunday morning by Van Zandt County sheriff's deputies on a charge of felony injury to a disabled person. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.
An official with the sheriff's office says that around 185 animals were found alive and about 75 were found dead Saturday.
KETK-TV in Tyler reports that authorities found the elderly man living with no electricity or running water.
"This by far is one of the worst cases of animal hoarding I have ever seen," Sheriff Pat Burnett told the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Sunday online editions.
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