Police found more than 65 cats in woman’s home. Now, she's accused of animal cruelty.

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Sep. 11 2021, Published 3:32 p.m. ET

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A woman has been charged with felony animal cruelty after more than 65 cats were found in her home, according to a report.

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Kathleen Ann Hurkmans, 67, who lived in the 100 block of South Maple Street in Manistique, Michigan, was arrested on Sept. 1, according to Upper Michigan Source.

Public safety officers began an investigation into Hurkmans on Aug. 19 following a report of animal cruelty, Upper Michigan Source reported.

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After getting search warrants, officers found a large number of cats in the home, as well as filthy living conditions likely to cause sickness or disease, according to Upper Michigan Source.

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Investigators began to live trap the cats at the home, and they were turned over to the Eva Burrell Shelter for care and assessment, Upper Michigan Source reported.

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Trapping cats has continued over the last weeks, and, to date, 65 live cats and kittens were found, according to Upper Michigan Source.

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Officers also found at least 15 dead cats decomposing in and around the home, Upper Michigan Source reported.

Public safety officials says they suspect there are additional cats still at the home, and efforts are ongoing to safely recover them, according to Upper Michigan Source.

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Hurkmans was arraigned on a felony charge of animals-abandoning/cruelty of 24 or more animals, Upper Michigan Source reported.

This charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Hurkmans’ bond was set at $5,000, and she was ordered not to return to her home, not to possess or control any animals and submit to a psychological exam, Upper Michigan Source reported.


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