Twenty-five-year-old Caycee Bregel, who ran an animal rescue nonprofit out of home south of the Twin Cities, pleaded guilty Friday to 13 counts of animal cruelty.
Bregel was ordered to serve 200 hours of community service, two years of probation and 90 days of electronic home monitoring. She must also receive a psychological examination.
Court documents say complaints about the pig running loose led investigators to the house.
They found numerous cats and dogs in poor health and said the emitted an “overpowering smell of urine and feces.” Dead cats were found in shallow graves across the backyard, in freezers and refrigerators, and in the garage.
Over 100 Cats Found in Pennsylvania
A rescue shelter in the Poconos is asking for the community’s help after it says more than 100 cats were found in a home near Allentown in Pennsylvania.
Camp Papillon says while it was only able to take a dozen cats with them, they are hoping to take more. The cats were taken from a house near Allentown by workers at the rescue shelter near Stroudsburg.
Our Hoarding Kitties are finding their places!! How lovely it must be for them to have this big room and be able to pick out their bed, their drawer , their cubby, their tree… no crowding, bowls of food and water, classical music, and people in the back ground working…. we cannot THANK YOU ALL enough for your prayers and donations!! PLEASE NOTE: we cannot accept visitors to these babies until their quarantine is over. They are not up on the website yet, you can fill out an application for pre approval- scroll to the post with their names. We have no idea how they will be with children or dogs or even other cats… the evaluations continue. We do not know how old they are yet. Hopefully at least the girls will be going in tomorrow for spay… ????????????????????????…and we will have better idea of age. ThAnk you again All! We cannot do this without you!! ❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Camp Papillon Animal Shelter on Sunday, March 24, 2019
Vice President Felicia Katz says the cats were found over the weekend, living in filthy conditions.
“There were over 60 cats in this one room, no food, no water down,” said Katz. “I think there was like four litter pans, but they were filled and the odor was, it was bad.”
Good Morning All!! This week has been a wild one already… and here we go again. The van is loaded and the gals are headed to a humane situation involving over 100 cats. We are taking as many as we safely have room for in the cat quarantine! Stay tuned for info as the days go on… from what we understand it is a horrid situation and none of the cats have had any vetting. Our Vet Tech, Cindy (Pocono Peak gal) is going with Felicia (VP) and Sheila (Cat Coordinator)… we are going to need our cat peeps for this one… can we have some cat sponsors please? ❤️ ???? ❤️ ???? ❤️
Posted by Camp Papillon Animal Shelter on Saturday, March 23, 2019
Camp Papillon was only able to collect 12 cats because the person keeping them refused to let them take more. Katz is hoping to convince the owner to release more to the shelter.
“We’re dealing with somebody who has some mental issues, and when we deal with somebody with that kind of issues, you have to go slow,” said Katz.
The shelter says the cats tested negative for feline leukemia, a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. They will still be quarantined for a week as a precaution.
Now, the focus is on getting them healthy enough for adoption.
“Our vet bills already skyrocket. I mean, there really up there. The cats are going to be neutered,” said Katz. “They have to neutered and spayed, shots. They came to us in poor condition. There’s a couple of cats that are blind.”
According to the animal shelter, it uses Pocono Peak Veterinary in East Stroudsburg to get treatment for its animals. Already two of the cats have been checked out and neutered by the clinic.
Dr. Christine Bongiorno says takes a lot of treatment to get hoarded animals ready for a home.
“Feline leukemia and AIDS tested, which is something we take seriously because it can be passed to other cats, so if people are going to adopt from that situation, which you hope to do, you want to get these cats a good home,” said Dr. Bongiorno.
The rescue shelter says one big way people could help is by making donations to Pocono Peak as a way to off-set its bills.
TCR is currently responding to a very sad hoarding situation. Over 100 cats have been found in 1 home & all the cats must be removed immediately. We acted immediately over the weekend, and brought almost fifty cats into our care! Read more: https://t.co/Xbn4WUf6aG #RescueInAction pic.twitter.com/7lS9e5vwIT
— Toronto Cat Rescue (@TorontoCatRescu) March 25, 2019
CNN Wire contributed to this report.