1987 – Kittles’ sister-in-law, concerned about Jean Sullivan’s well-being, hired a private investigator who found Kittles in Manatee County, Florida in September, two years after she had fled.
Sullivan was not with her and had last been seen in February camping with Kittles, living out of the trailer and sleeping on the ground beside a campfire.
When neighbors gave a sworn statement that they had seen Kittles punch one dog and throw another against a wall, authorities went to the home and discovered 35 dogs, three cats and two horses living inside the home with Kittles and her 73-year-old mother, Jean Sullivan.
Kittles explained the horses were inside to prevent them from being poisoned by the enemy.
Vikki Kittles is representative of exploitive hoarders, as defined by the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC): Kittles has been particularly exceptional in her ability to manipulate good Samaritans, unsuspecting veterinarians, and the legal system.
To read about laws and legal issues involved with animal neglect and hoarding, see ALDF’s Animal Neglect Facts and Animal Hoarding Facts.
In at least one county, exasperated authorities even gave Kittles money for a tank of gas to leave the jurisdiction.
Florida, Mississippi, Colorado, Washington 1985 – In Broward County, Florida, Vikki Kittles’ neighbors had complained of stench and noise coming from animals at her house.
She was charged with aggravated assault for pointing a gun at a neighbor whom she accused of harboring her missing dog.