Onalaska police arrested a 46-year-old woman accused of burglarizing the Coulee Region Humane Society and taking about 15 cats.
At about 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 26, Onalaska police responded to a report of a burglary at the Humane Society.
Lee Ann Shore is accused of breaking a back window at the Humane Society sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning. Some of the stolen animals had been seized from Shore’s apartment in early May, according to Humane Society Executive Director Heather Hankins. That’s when Hankins said Shore’s apartment was condemned.
Other cats taken looked like Shore's previous pets and may have been mistaken for them. Hankins thinks she came back for her cats. Police arrested Shore for burglary, among other charges.
A La Crosse County Judge set a $2,500 cash bond for Shore. She may not own any animals and cannot contact the Coulee Region Humane Society or be on its grounds.
Onalaska police said several of the cats were located when the suspect was arrested, but three are still missing. There are health concerns with some of the missing cats. Hankins said two of the cats suffer from respiratory infections that require antibiotics. Another was being watched for rabies after biting a police officer.
If you have any information on this incident or know the whereabouts of the missing cats, call the Onalaska Police Department at (608) 781-9550.