GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio -- It started with a tip call and has ended with dozens of cats seized from a home and business in Bainbridge Township.
Humane officers with Geauga County Rescue Village Monday afternoon pulled multiple cats from a garage at the Chagrin Valley Limousine Service, a company owned by Bainbridge man Bob Konst, who is known by the nickname "Hollywood Bob."
Konst, who was eager to talk to Fox 8, said he was greeted by sheriff's deputies at his home Monday morning.
"(The deputy) told me that the guy has a court order that he's here to seize my cats," Konst said. "I don't like it. There's no reason to do that."
Konst told Fox 8 that his cats were well-fed and cared for.
"I can't give any details, but we wouldn't be removing animals that were healthy," explained Rescue Village humane officer Christian Courtwright.
Courtwright said his crew did remove cats from Konst's Taylor May Road home, but the process at his business will likely take several days.
"We removed a number of animals from the building, we set some traps. It's a large open garage area with a lot of room for the cats to get away from us. It makes hand-capturing impossible," he explained.
Courtwright also said that the situation appeared to have been going on for some time, and that the officer's protective suits speak to the conditions inside.
But Konst said he was taking the cats in to save them from the freezing cold.
"They're like kids," Konst said. "Someone comes and takes two kids from your house -- would you be mad?"
Courtwright said right now the cats are getting much-needed vet care at the Rescue Village shelter.
And while any charges against Konst are pending the investigation, he said his fight isn't over.
"I'm going back and getting a lawyer, and I'm going after getting my cats back. Because they don't belong to nobody. They belong to me," Konst said.
This incident is not Konst's first brush with the law.
He is due in Bedford Municipal Court next month on charges of child enticement and impersonating a police officer, to which he has pleaded not guilty.
For information on helping with vet costs for the seized cats, click here.