Hoarding more than 40 cats in her car, a Washington state woman was arrested Monday night in Warrenton.
Kathryn St. Clare, 58, of Lake Stevens, was arrested for two warrants — each carrying 10 counts of animal cruelty in Washington — as well as 30 new animal neglect charges.
An officer spotted her vehicle in the Fred Meyer parking lot off U.S. Highway 101 just after 6:30 p.m. It matched the description of a car authorities had been trying to locate for about a month.
The officer and animal control personnel later found 42 cats in the car, one of which had died a number of days ago. The cat’s cause of death is not yet known.
An overwhelming smell of cat urine and feces emanated from the car. The cats were removed and given fresh water and food at the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.
St. Clare told the officer she was trying to keep them from being seized by Washington authorities, Warrenton Police Chief Mathew Workman said.
Additional charges may follow as the investigation continues.