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Woman sentenced for stealing cats from animal shelter

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A La Crosse woman will spend 18 months on probation for breaking into an Onalaska animal shelter to steal her cats back last year.

Forty-seven-year-old Lee Ann Shore was sentenced Wednesday. The complaint alleges Shore shattered a window at the Coulee Region Humane Society in late May to steal 15 cats, including eight seized from her apartment.

The La Crosse Tribune reports while on supervision, Shore cannot have contact with the humane society or own more than four cats. She also must pay restitution and serve 80 hours of community service.

Defense attorney Vincent Rust says Shore tried to rescue her cats from euthanasia.

Judge Todd Bjerke praised Shore’s respect for animals but told her there “are other things you can do besides damage and harass the humane society.”

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