Cat deaths lead to arrests


February 23, 2024

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Frankie, one of the cats rescued from an apartment, stands on a table at a partner vet clinic. Five cats died and two lived.

Two former Cloquet residents were arrested in Arkansas last week for allegedly leaving seven cats behind - with no source of water or food - when they moved away from Cloquet late last year. Four cats were dead by the time someone entered the apartment 18 days later. A fifth cat died the same day and two cats have survived.

Karlee Lynn Strum, 32, and Dominic James Welch, 26, were extradited to Minnesota this week from the White County jail in Searcy, Arkansas. They are each accused of 21 animal abuse crimes: seven counts of felony overwork/mistreat animals–torture, seven counts of misdeme...

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