Police Found Cats in Shallow Graves Near A Rural Home; Just The Beginning Of This Nightmare

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Animal hoarding cases are always heartbreaking, no matter the circumstances.

Most often, creatures are found packed tightly together in quarters too small for any semblance of comfort. In the some cases, animals have been forced to breed in these environments, some born into the squalor, knowing no other life. And in the worst ones, serious illness and death have been invited by years of neglect.

Arriving at a home in rural Farmington, authorities found one of the saddest cases of animal hoarding the town has ever seen. More than 100 cats were removed from the residence, at least 60 of them already dead, KSTP reports.

Source: YouTube/The Humane Society of the United States Animals surtrendered in harding cases are often victims of neglect.

Source: YouTube/The Humane Society of the United States
Animals surtrendered in harding cases are often victims of neglect.

Five dogs, a 400-pound hog, a guinea pig, and a dead rabbit were also among the victims of the Farmington house, which the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department was called to after receiving an animal cruelty complaint.

“It’s about as bad as you can get, it’s a catastrophic environment,” said Keith Streff, an investigator with the Animal Humane Society.

Source: YouTube/The Humane Society of the United States Like other similar cases, volunteers from the Humane Society were called to Farmington, Minn. to help.

Source: YouTube/The Humane Society of the United States
Like other similar cases, volunteers from the Humane Society were called to Farmington, Minn. to help.

The owner of the house, Caycee Lynn Bregel, 25, initially turned police away. But the strong odor gave the DCSD probable cause for a warrant, which they promptly returned with.

“There were dead animals in shallow graves, there were dead animals in an unattached garage and there were dead animals in a freezer and a refrigerator inside the residence,” Streff said.

Source: YouTube/The Humane Society of the United States Not all of the animals from the Farmington, Minn. case were found alive.

Source: YouTube/The Humane Society of the United States
Not all of the animals from the Farmington, Minn. case were found alive.

Bregel maintained that she was running an animal rescue facility at the address. She was arrested the same night her animals were removed.

“I track these types of organizations and I had heard information that she had had more animals than she was able to adequately maintain,” Streff said. “She was on the radar, we were working that way when the case all the sudden broke.”

Source: YouTube/The Humane Society of the United States Like other cases, the Humane Society was called in to aid with this situation in Minnesota.

Source: YouTube/The Humane Society of the United States
Like other cases, the Humane Society was called in to aid with this situation in Minnesota.

The animals that were still alive have been transferred to a local Humane Society. The case is currently under investigation, and Bregel has yet to be charged with any criminal activity.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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