A Nebraska woman is once again in trouble with the law after dozens of cats were removed from her Lincoln home May 16. Now it will be up to the city attorney as to how many counts she will face and whether the case will go to trial, 1011 Now News reported May 20.
According to a May 20 report by Lincoln Journal Star, Rupert allowed officers to walk through her home, where they reported a strong odor of urine and feces and saw cats and cat food on the floor. Rupert was given one week the clean up her South 14th Street home. Police Sgt. Randy Clark confirmed officers returned to the home around 8:30 p.m. Monday evening and removed 46 cats and 10 dead kittens from the home.
Animal Control Manager Steve Beal said it’s too early to say what will happen to the living cats. They’re currently in the care of the Capital Humane Society after being surrendered to Animal Control. In an interview with Lincoln Journal Star, Beal stated
“Cases like these are always difficult. We don’t like to see it happen. We’d rather help people prevent this and encourage people to give us a call if they need help. By Lincoln ordinance, you can have up to five cats, but they have to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. You can have more than five if you obtain a multi-cat household permit from Animal Control.”
Three of the cats appeared to be “very feral” Beal said. In 2011 Rupert was arrested after authorities removed 86 cats from her home. Bob Downey, President, and CEO of the Capital Humane society said “it’s perplexing” how Rupert was able to get more cats several years later. Beal encourages anyone with too many pets to reach out to Animal Control for help, rather than waiting until things get out of control.