Photo: Caycee Bregel
Photo: Caycee Bregel
August 29, 2018 03:00 PM
A Minnesota woman has been charged with multiple counts of animal mistreatment after law enforcement officers and Animal Humane Society officials found more than 60 dead cats and 40 neglected animals at her home and business.
A criminal complaint states Caycee Lynn Bregel faces 13 counts of mistreatment of animals, one of which is a felony.
According to the complaint, Bregel operated a nonprofit called Minnesota Animal Rescue. Beginning in July 2017, Bregel received animals as a foster partner with the Animal Humane Society.
The complaint said between July 20, 2017, and Feb. 23, 145 animals were transferred to Bregel from the Animal Humane Society.
Between April 27 and May 9, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office was called to the Farmington residence Bregel rented three times on the report of a loose pig, the complaint said.
When deputies arrived on May 9, they met a man who said he rented the property to Bregel. The complaint said the property owner entered the residence and later told deputies the environment inside was unhealthy. He also told deputies there were cats inside the home that were "skin and bone."
When Bregel arrived at the residence, she allowed law enforcement and an agent from the Humane Society to enter her home. The complaint said law enforcement officers saw a large number of uncaged cats and dogs running around the home. The officers also noted the home had an overwhelming smell of urine and feces.
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The complaint said officers also located animals in shallow graves and a number of carcasses in the backyard of the residence.
On May 10, a search warrant was executed at the home. Law enforcement officers had to wear protective equipment during the search, according to the complaint.
During the search of the home, officers located 43 living cats, 64 deceased cats, one living guinea pig and five living dogs. According to the complaint, a number of the dead cats were located in the freezers and refrigerators, as well as the garage.
On May 11, officer executed a search warrant at Bregel's rescue business in Farmington. During the search, officers located nine living cats, seven puppies and one living dog.
Bregel was charged by a summons and is not in custody.
Updated: August 29, 2018 03:00 PM
Created: August 29, 2018 02:36 PM
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