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1 9th August 06:09
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http://www.theindychannel.com/news/2678796/detail.html

Dozens Of Dead Cats Removed From Woman's Garage
Animal Shelter Workers Stunned By Neglect Case
POSTED: 10:08 a.m. EST December 3, 2003
RENSSELAER, Ind. -- Officials at Jasper County's animal shelter were
reviewing pet adoption procedures after authorities removed nearly 50 dead
cats from the garage of a woman who offered to help find new homes for
animals.
"We love these animals," shelter employee Karen Adams said Tuesday. "We
thought we were doing a favor by letting them go with her, never dreaming
.... we thought we were saving lives."
Prosecutors in LaPorte County charged Kathy Shotsberger, 45, of Michigan
City, with seven counts of animal neglect. She was released Monday on $300
bond. She could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine on each
count if convicted.
The Associated Press was unable to contact Shotsberger for comment
Wednesday. There was no number under her name in published listings for
Michigan City, and she was believed to be staying with her mother in
Chicago.
Police arrested Shotsberger on Sunday after officers found cages full of
dead cats, birds and rabbits stacked throughout her garage. In a nearby
modular home officers found 29 live animals, mostly beagles, inside cages or
locked in rooms with floors soaked in waste.
Some of the cages had been loaned to Shotsberger by workers at the Jasper
County shelter in Rensselaer.
Director Paula Wilcox said Shotsberger first took four dogs and 21 cats from
the shelter in April 2002 with the understanding that she would find new
owners for the animals. She last visited the shelter on Nov. 20, when she
was allowed to leave with six cats. She was not charged a fee.
"It's hard to believe what happened," said Wilcox, one of two workers at the
northwest Indiana shelter. "We didn't suspect anything. Kathy had been here
many times."
Adams said Shotsberger returned to the shelter frequently, bringing orders
for specific animals she said she could place with families in her area.
Authorities said it appeared Shotsberger was taking the animals home and
leaving them in cages without food or water. Police said she apparently
became overwhelmed by the number of animals in her care.
Wilcox said she and Adams may begin checking with other animal shelters and
police to see if they had received any complaints before releasing animals
to rescue groups. But with a staff of two and one animal control officer,
such procedures could be time-consuming.
Shotsberger also adopted two beagles from the Porter County animal shelter
on separate occasions about three years ago, said Sandy Ogle, its director.
"That's the only contact we had with her," she said.

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2 10th August 08:33
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That's horrible! Poor animals.
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3 10th August 08:34
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Some people should be shot.

I don't have a *major* problem with people not liing animals, we all have
our tastes....but why do this to the poor little defenceless things?

GRRRRR

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4 11th August 01:59
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Oh, but it doesn't say she didn't/doesn't like animals; it says she liked
them too much and became overwhelmed.


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5 11th August 01:59
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Why didn't the shelter check on her before giving out the cats, I wonder?

Stacey (who remembers the trouble the wonderful woman went through with
Jim, Zack and Fliss)
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6 11th August 02:00
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I wondered the same thing, Stacey. Or at least a post-adoption home check since
she'd taken so many. I bet they are more careful now.
People can really fool you. Animal collecting is a very real, very prevalent,
illness. The saddest part is, all the statistics say this woman will be back in
business with more cats in under a year.

Sherry
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7 11th August 02:00
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You don't do that to anyone you like....human or animal. I wouldn't do that
to my worst enemy.

If she loved the she would've found them good homes. Either that or admitted
defeat by returning them to the shelter. She took the easy way out.

Purrs

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8 11th August 17:57
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I had the same thought. The shelter is at least partially
responsible for letting these animals go without checking
on them. I could accept not checking if it were only one
or two, but dozens?

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9 11th August 17:57
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Makes me sick to the stomache just to think of it
someone should put her in a shelter and throw away
the key. J. P.
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10 11th August 17:57
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That assumes a rational mind. She sounds mentally ill to me, or at the
very least, a pretty dysfunctional, flaky person, not one who makes
rational decisions. Note: before the Tough On Crime cadre jumps on me,
I am not saying she shouldn't be charged or convicted - I would love to
see her do some time for this. All I'm saying is that in her mind, she
probably did think of herself as loving those animals. I don't think this
has anything to do with her feelings.

I've volunteered in an animal shelter, giving TLC to cats waiting to be
adopted, and have felt a lot of affection for and from many of the cats.
To think that some of them could have gone to someone like this is really
heartbreaking.

Joyce
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