NEW INFORMATION: Police suspect woman whose cats were removed from home broke into Humane Society

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Police suspect a woman whose cats were removed from her home by animal control officers was the person who broke into the Coulee Region Humane Society and stole them.

Investigators say 15 cats and kittens were taken, apparently by someone who shattered a window at the humane society last weekend. Eight of the cats taken belonged to the woman, while the others looked similar to her animals.

The La Crosse Tribune says rescuers acting on an anonymous tip recovered 12 of the cats in a field in Holmen, near where the woman was arrested. Authorities seized the animals May 2 from the woman's apartment where they had been living in squalor.


ONALASKA, Wis. (RELEASE FROM ONALASKA POLICE DEPT.)--Onalaska Officers responded to a report of a burglary at the Coulee Region Humane society Monday May 26th, at approximately 8:30a.m… Upon arrival the officers were informed that during the evening hours someone had burglarized the Humane Society and made away with approximately 15 cats. Preliminary search of the scene revealed a broken window at the rear of the facility. It was apparent to officers that the window was freshly broken and glass from the window along with other items of evidence were collected from the scene.

The staff of the Humane Society informed the officers of a possible suspect who was subsequently arrested and is being held pending formal charges. Several of the cats were located when the suspect was apprehended however many are still missing. There are health concerns with some of the missing cats and anyone having any knowledge of their whereabouts is asked to contact the Onalaska Police Department.

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