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"A St. Joseph woman faces a city charge of animal cruelty and numerous registration violations after authorities discovered 16 cats and multiple other animals in late July in her home.
Nadine Wykert was charged after city Animal Control officers found 16 cats, three dogs, one red-tailed boa, rabbits, a chinchilla, gerbils, lizards and caged rats and mice all at 4801 Clover Road.
The city prosecutor filed the charges after St. Joseph’s Animal Control and Rescue completed its rescue work that started on July 31.
The initial investigation by St. Joseph Police Department officers indicated there also were some dead animals.
The city rescue staff euthanized some cats due to their ill health, said Jenna Keyes, the shelter’s humane educator.
Most of the animals, including the red-tailed boa, have been adopted, Keyes said. The chinchilla — named Chin — appeared as the Pet of the Week on the FOX 26 KNPN morning show and was quickly adopted Thursday.
Keyes said Chin will be a classroom pet for some FFA students.
City staff is considering placing one dog in the Puppies for Parole program, which allows inmates to care for their dogs.
There are still some cats as well as the rats and mice available for adoption, Keyes said.
Municipal Judge John Boeh has the case set for an arraignment at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18 on the animal cruelty charge and the registration violations."