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Publish Date: 3/26/2005

Woman charged in animal cruelty case


The woman who had as many as 26 cats infected with ringworm and feline herpes in her Dacono trailer was charged Friday with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty in Weld County.

Pamela Flanders faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine if she is convicted, said Leanne Glasgow, a spokeswoman for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

“Certainly, there could be some conditions on the sentencing set by the judge,” she said.

Flanders will appear in court April 25, Glasgow said.

Longmont Humane Society officials have said the cat hoarding case was the worst ever in the area.

The agency has now euthanized 14 of the cats and continues to care for 12, all sick with ringworm and in quarantine, according to Longmont Humane Society spokeswoman Brianna Beauvait.

Two of the cats were euthanized the first week because of acute feline herpes.

Twelve more cats were put down last week due to severe behavioral problems, Beauvait said.

“Why put them through the misery of quarantine if they are not going to be socialized and adopted out?” she said.

Beauvait said the cats turned over to the Humane Society covered the full spectrum of sociability, from docile and domesticated to wild.

“It was very bizarre,” she said.

Police, firefighters and health officials in hazardous-material suits and masks searched Flanders’ home Feb. 25 to remove the cats that were living there.

Police first contacted Flanders Feb. 22, responding to a complaint about the cats.

Flanders initially worked with police to remove the cats but then became uncooperative after they arrested her on an unrelated warrant.

Her husband, Bud Flanders, who was out of town when their home was searched, does not face any charges related to the incident, Glasgow said.

Douglas Crowl can be reached at 303-684-5253, or by e-mail at dcrowl@times-call.com.

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