Magic mood jee 2012-08-09 05:09:53
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
“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
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
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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Polonca12000 2012-08-10 07:33:59
That’s horrible! Poor animals.
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Gizela 2012-08-10 07:34:37
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?
Angela and Gizmo
Alan erskine 2012-08-11 00:59:33
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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Stacey 2012-08-11 00:59:56
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)
Sriddles 2012-08-11 01:00:21
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.
Gizela 2012-08-11 01:00:23
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.
Suzie-q 2012-08-11 16:57:04
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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Jp hobbs 2012-08-11 16:57:24
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.
Jxwxexrxmxoxnx 2012-08-11 16:57:34
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
K3_e81 2012-08-11 16:58:33
This is a big wake-up call for anyone who places animals in foster
homes. Do home inspections!
I once worked (at a vet) with a woman who did rescue, and had all
sorts of animals – rabbits, turtles, dogs, cats – supposedly her house
was a *wreck* and the animals weren’t as well kept as they shpuld have
been. She was the meanest b**** I have ever met – smacked cats and was
just abusive. I wouldn’t let her take care of an amoeba.
Hopitus2 2012-08-11 16:58:52
Well, as Joyce points out, woman may have thought of herself as “loving” the
cats – to take them from shelter – but: to *not feed or water them*? When I
come home from work, the Evil 3 start nagging for their midnight “snack”
food spread……and that’s just after 8 or 9 hours or so. Confined in
cages, unable even to seek out water nor anything to eat…..my blood boils
in its arteries (probably good for the blockages, but still….) imagining
this. Some people just can’t stand to see anything hungry-looking, and I’m
one of these…..talk about wanting to kick someone’s b***
*bad*…………….smacking is one thing. Starving is another.
: “Magic Mood Jeep ”
: > 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.”
: This is a big wake-up call for anyone who places animals in foster
: homes. Do home inspections!
: I once worked (at a vet) with a woman who did rescue, and had all
: sorts of animals – rabbits, turtles, dogs, cats – supposedly her house
: was a *wreck* and the animals weren’t as well kept as they shpuld have
: been. She was the meanest b**** I have ever met – smacked cats and was
: just abusive. I wouldn’t let her take care of an amoeba.
Adrian 2012-08-12 09:43:51
This woman should spend six months in jail without food or water.
A House Is Not A Home, Without A Cat.
Cat protector 2012-08-12 09:44:10
This woman deserves the same fate she put those cats through.
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Napoleon 2012-08-12 09:44:21
They do it because they are mentally ill. I believe the term used is
“collector’s syndrome” and it’s a form of obsessive/compulsive
disorder. These people compulsively collect animals until they are
overwhelmed and they are in denial with respect to the conditions they
create for the animals. This sort of thing happens unfortunately on a
regular basis. I read an article about this problem within the past
few weeks somewhere and if I can find where it is I will post it. It
is really a sad situation and AFAIR from the article these people will
even repeat the behaviour after they are caught and punished. It is
difficult to stop them at least the first time before things get out
of hand since law enforcement can’t go into someone’s home without
cause and by the time outsiders can see that something is wrong the
conditions for the animals are often abysmal as in this case.
I seem to remember reading that at least some shelter personnel keep
an eye out for people who are repeatedly trying to adopt additional
animals or take them off the shelter’s hands on some pretext because
they know that these type of people are out there and they are very
Sriddles 2012-08-13 03:52:23
Yeah, you’re right. Most of these people still think they’re doing a wonderful
thing. Then there’s the ones who aren’t quite collectors yet, but they manage
to accumulate more than they can properly take care of, and invariably they
start having litters. It makes me sick. Or they can’t afford vet care, so
there’s these horrible mangy, scroungy cats running around with eyes missing
and worse. And *still* they have to be *forced* to relinquish any of them. They
won’t give them up voluntarily.
THEN there’s those, who think it’s fine to feed neighborhood strays, but they
won’t take responsibility for neutering them. I think once you start feeding a
cat regularly, it becomes your cat and your responsibility. But that’s just me.
K3_e81 2012-08-13 09:11:44
I guess I don’t see a lot of difference between the two. Physical
pain is physical abuse, just as inflicting psychological pain is
psychological abuse – both forms of animal abuse – starving and
beating – inflict both types of pain.
Helen.miles 2012-08-13 20:46:42
Talking of whom,
Last I recently heard, Fliss is still with Andrea Fuller and doing
exceptionally well – she has palled up with Grace and they are now
bestest buds. Jim I understand has settled into his new home and is
exceptionally happy, and Zac, the poor little chap who was so ill, is
doing very well with his large feline family at Cynthias, lives in a
huge house in one of the poshest parts of London, and is desperately
loved and happy.
Alls well that ends well I guess.
Marina 2012-08-14 00:57:25
Thanks for the update, Helen. So nice to hear they are all doing so well.
Marina, Frank and Nikki
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Lrulan 2012-08-14 16:20:26
Helen, thanks for the update on these 3 darlings. I’ve been thinking about
them. I’m so happy to hear that they are happy and loved where they are. God
takes care of his creatures.
Jazz & his mama
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from now until the end of time
Suqkrt 2012-08-15 05:32:57
Great, thanks Helen. How is Andrea doing?
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Leeanne 2012-08-16 00:29:50
Yes, it is called being a ‘collector’. As I recall, they start out trying
to help the critters, believe that taking them from the shelter will save
their lives and, probably, originally start out as looking for a home for
them. However, as anybody who has ever tried to find a home for an animal
knows, you run out of homes fast – neighbors, friends and family may adopt a
critter, but not more than once usually. It’s not an easy task.
So, this well meaning person suddenly has all kinds of animals they cannot
bear to bring back to the shelter, as they probably think they will be put
down if they do. It is an OCD – much like people who cannot throw away any
IMO – The ones who should be shot are the ones running the puppy/kitten
mills – now they are just a-holes!