Cat Hoarder Turns Cat Burglar, Steals Back Seized Pets

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A reported cat hoarder became a bona fide cat burglar after police say she broke into a Wisconsin animal shelter to steal back eight cats previously seized from her - along with seven other look-alike felines. (iStock)

A reported cat hoarder became a bona fide cat burglar after police say she broke into a Wisconsin animal shelter to steal back eight cats previously seized from her - along with seven other look-alike felines.

Lee Ann Shore, 46, of La Crosse, is accused of shattering a window to enter the Coulee Region Humane Society on Sunday night to recover some of 17 pets seized by authorities weeks earlier from her apartment, which had been condemned because of unsanitary conditions. She also stole seven others that resembled her cats, say officials.

She was arrested Tuesday and 12 of the 15 filched felines have been recovered - including one that bit a police officer and is being observed for rabies. One of the three unrecovered cats was being quarantined for rabies prior to Shore’s alleged break-in.

Before the heist, some of the 17 cats seized from Shore’s apartment on May 2 had already been placed in new homes. Two were slated to be adopted out this week while others (including two of those still MIA) were being treated with antibiotics for respiratory infections, reports the La Crosse Tribune.

Shore awaits trial for burglary and other charges but is out of jail on a $2,500 signature bond.

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