The woman accused of stealing 15 cats, including some of her own, from the Coulee Region Humane Society has been formally been charged.
Lee Ann Shore, 46, broke a back window at the Humane Society sometime between 10 p.m. on May 25 and 8:15 a.m. on May 26 and stole about 15 cats, according to a criminal complaint.
When an Onalaska police officer was called to burglary scene on the morning of May 26, he found droplets of blood on some glass and a pair of gloves and teal-colored jacket. Humane Society Executive Director Heather Hankins told investigators the jacket belonged to Shore.
Shore was arrested for burglary and related charges. She was formally charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, criminal damage to property, misdemeanor theft, misdemeanor bail jumping- new crime, obstructing an officer, and misdemeanor bail jumping.
According to the criminal complaint, Shore got a ride to the Perkins on Highway 16 in Onalaska around 10 p.m. on May 25 and took a cab ride to the Kwik Trip in Holmen at about 5:25 a.m. The cab driver told police Shore loaded the back seat with four or five bags that were zipped shut and a cat carrier. The driver said she saw movement in the bags and heard some cat sounds, the complaint states. Shore was dropped off, as requested, at the corner of the Kwik Trip building for her cats.
A citizen contacted the Holmen Police Department to let them know a woman had been hanging around the Kwik Trip on Holmen Drive for at least half an hour and appeared lost. When an officer approached Shore, she gave a false name and birthdate. Shore also had several cuts on her arms and hands and told police they were mosquito bites, the complaint states.