Feb 11, 2020 11:28 AM

About 300 animals removed from Kansas City home

Posted Feb 11, 2020 11:28 AM
photo courtesy KC Pet Project
photo courtesy KC Pet Project

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — About 300 small animals were removed from a Kansas City duplex, where they lived in “deplorable” conditions, a city official said Monday.

The lab rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, geckos and other animals that were taken from the home Monday were in cages packed so closely to each other there was little room to move around the house, said John Baccala, a spokesman for the Kansas City Neighborhood and Housing Services.

Two people lived at the duplex, The Kansas City Star reported.

“It’s really unfortunate,” Baccala said. “When someone is in a position like this, we want to get them some help."

Baccala said he had not seen such an extreme case before. He said conditions were deplorable and the odor was noticeable outside the duplex. Officials did not know why the residents were keeping the animals, or when they began collecting them.

KC Pet Project is working with the city to find homes for the animals and asking the public for help "You may be wondering how you can help. There are a number of ways:

Donate: We need monetary donations to help take care of our new arrivals and purchase supplies. Donations may be given at http://donate.kcpetproject.org or on this post.

You can also purchase supplies from our Amazon Wish List at http://a.co/du8LOJQ.

Foster: We are going to need a lot of foster homes to help care for all of our new arrivals. If you would like to help, we would love to hear from you. Sign up at https://kcpetproject.org/programs/foster/other-pet-signup/.

We’ll post an update on any pets that will be available for adoption soon. In situations like this, we need our community’s help to save lives, and we can’t thank you all enough for what you do for Kansas City’s pets."

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Feb 11, 2020 11:28 AM
Ex-Kan. prison lab instructor wants sex crime conviction thrown out
Tomas Co photo Texas County

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor who was found guilty earlier this month of one count of unlawful sexual relations with an inmate is asking a judge to throw out the conviction.

Tomas Co was convicted on one charge and found not guilty of five other charges alleging he abused female inmates working in the dental lab at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

The conviction was for a woman who said Co touched the inside of her knee and thigh.

In a motion filed Friday, Co's attorney, Chris Joseph, argued that type of touching doesn’t constitute “lewd” touching under state law. The motion also asks Shawnee County District Court Judge Cheryl Rios to acquit Co based on insufficient evidence, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

Joseph said he also plans to seek probation for Co, rather than the 31 to 136 months of prison time he is facing.

District Attorney Mike Kagay said his office would file arguments in response to the defense motion.

Inmates in the dental lab complained for five years about alleged sexual harassment and unwanted touching by Co, who was dismissed in December 2018.