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Police: Wisconsin woman steals cats back from humane society

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A Wisconsin woman is accused of a cat burglary.

A La Crosse woman has been arrested and is awaiting charges after police say she broke into the Coulee Region Humane Society in Onalaska, Wisconsin, to get cats that were taken from her earlier this month, according to reports.

“It was pretty chaotic, there was a lot of things tipped over, a lot of crates just kind of tossed about,” the Humane Society's executive director Heather Hankins told WCCO.

Police believe the 46-year-old woman broke a window between Sunday evening and Monday morning and took 15 cats and kittens from their crates. Eight of the cats had belonged to her, but were taken from her on May 2 after authorities discovered they were living in squalor, the La Crosse Tribune says.

“I think that was her sole goal was to get her cats back because she does love them. There’s no denying that she loves her animals," Hawkins said.

Hawkins also said that the other cats the suspect is accused of taking looked similar to hers.

An anonymous tip led authorities to 12 of the 15 cats, but employees are concerned that three are still missing. The youngest of the animals fed from a bottle while others suffered respiratory infections that require antibiotics, the La Crosse Tribune says. One of the cats still missing was being monitored for rabies after biting a police officer, the newspaper notes.

The suspect is expected to appear in court Wednesday on charges of burglary, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer and bail jumping, the La Crosse Tribune says.

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