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Man Charged With Animal Cruelty Barricades Self in Home; 2 DC Schools Locked Down

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A man was arrested on animal cruelty charges Monday after barricading himself inside his Washington, D.C., home.

Police confirm the man, Doyle Betters, was the same person who barricaded himself in his home in the 4400 block of Iowa Avenue NW Monday morning, leading to lockdowns at nearby MacFarland Middle School and Roosevelt High School.

Betters is accused of failing to provide proper veterinary care to cats.

On Aug. 16, the Humane Rescue Alliance rescued six cats and kittens from Betters’ home after they received a tip about sick kittens in front of the house.

The cats suffered respiratory infections and “were in dire need of medical attention,” police said.

The Humane Rescue Alliance is working with police to continue investigating the house for additional animals found Monday.

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