The Pekin woman featured in a recent episode of ‘Hoarders’ is arrested for animal cruelty.
Police gave Belk a notice to appear in court today, less than two weeks after that episode showed more than two dozen dead animals inside her home.
“We obviously got to a point where we established probable cause fo the arrest,” Pekin Det. Mike Eeten said.
Police knew A&E crews were in town filming Cora ‘Peggy’ Belk and her home back in September but did not learn of the dead animals in her house until after the episode aired on Jan. 31.
That prompted an almost instant investigation.
“We’ve heard from all sides of this from people concerned, you know, about what has happened to the animals to the mental element that’s involved in this,” Eeten said.
Pekin police are not releasing much about the criminal investigation right now, but, “This isn’t an arrest that we just want to put somebody in handcuffs and take them to jail, this is an issue of wanting to make sure that we deal with the issues but also get the person the help that they need.”
Belk is no longer living in that home on 12th Street and no animals are in her the new home she’s living in now, but police hope this will all help belk in the long run.
“One of the unique things about this charge is it does provide assistance to her up the road through psychological evaluations and treatment,” he said.
Police are also a part of an internal investigation with the city right now. The episode featured a Pekin code enforcement officer who was put on administrative leave on Wednesday while that investigation continues.