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Woman Abandons 12 Cats, Charged with Animal Cruelty

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A Missoula woman is released from jail after bring arrested for allegedly abandoning 12 cats in her home for several months, leaving all the animals dead.

Rebecca Korn, 56, was charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty today in justice court.

Police said they're still determining why Korn walked away from her home -- a decision that left her 12 pets dead.

Missoula Police said they responded to Korn's house on S. 5th St. W. on Wednesday morning, after Korn's sister became worried the cats didn't have food or water.

Investigators said they contacted Korn, who they believe was living at a different location in Missoula, and received permission to enter her home.

"They found absolutely deplorable living conditions, and the remains of about 12 cats in advanced stages of decomposition," said Missoula Police Detective Sergeant Travis Welsh.

Welsh said officers every surface in the house was covered in cat feces.

He added, "There was such a powerful odor from the interior, that they had to wear gas masks to actually make entry to be able to do anything."
Based on the stages of decomposition, police say Korn must have abandoned her home 4-6 months ago.

Investigators said Korn was charged with aggravated animal cruelty, because there were more than 10 animals affected.

Police said they're unsure of what will happen to Korn's house, but the City-County Health Department may have to take action.

Korn will appear again in court on September 13.

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