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Woman kept 64 dead cats, 43 live ones and a 400-pound pig at home-based ‘animal rescue’

Authorities in Minnesota say a 25-year-old Farmington woman was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after officers arrived at an animal rescue organization she reportedly operated out of her home.

According to Fox News, Caycee Bregel’s residence was packed with more than 100 living and dead cats — but it was a 400-pound pig on the property that first caught the attention of local authorities.

According to court records, officers approached the home after the pig was seen running loose. Upon following up on the complaint, however, they reported the “overpowering smell of urine and feces” and soon located the 43 living cats and 64 dead cats on the premises.

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Reports indicate an unspecified number of dogs were also among the animals in obvious poor condition.

The dead cats were allegedly being kept in refrigerators and freezers at the home, in the garage or buried in shallow graves in the yard.

Bregel pleaded guilty in court this week to 13 criminal counts of animal cruelty, as reported by KSTP.

As part of her sentence, she will perform 200 hours of community service and she’ll be placed on two years of probation with a 90-day period of electronic monitoring.

A judge ruled she must also undergo psychological evaluation.

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[Featured image: Caycee Bregel, handout]