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UPDATE: Woman accused of taking cats appears in court

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The suspect arrested on charges of breaking into the Coulee Region Humane Society and taking fifteen cats and kittens makes her first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said that cats belonging to 46-year-old Lee Ann Shore of La Crosse were taken from her home at 500 Mississippi Street by Animal Control earlier this month due to unsafe living conditions.

Shore is accused of breaking into the Humane Society in Onalaska Sunday night or early Monday morning. Investigators said eight of the fifteen cats belonged to Shore.  The remaining seven looked similar to her pets, though she may not have been sure which ones were hers.

Twelve of the cats were later found.

Shore is free on a $2,500 signature bond.  She still faces formal charges related to the break-in.

ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) – A suspect is in custody accused of taking more than a dozen cats from the Coulee Region Humane Society.

Onalaska Police said the Humane Society reported the burglary at about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Police said during the evening hours someone broke through the back window of the animal shelter and ran off with about 15 cats.

Police said the staff of the Humane Society told officers the name of a possible suspect. Police said the person was arrested and is being held in the La Crosse County Jail awaiting charges.

Several of the cats were found during the arrest but police said many are still missing.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the cats should contact the Onalaska Police department at 608-781-9550.

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