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Mason City woman charged with animal neglect after deaths of 5 cats

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman has been charged with animal neglect after the deaths of 5 cats, police say.

On March 13, 2019 a search warrant was executed at 831 5th Street Southwest to check the welfare of several cats.  The City of Mason City had received several complaints about cats that were not being properly cared for inside the residence.

During the search two dead cats and three cats that were alive were taken from the residence.  The cats that were still alive were later euthanized because of health problems.

On April 17, 2019 Luella Duenow Scholl was charged with two counts of Animal Neglect.  Animal Neglect is a serious misdemeanor which is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine up to $1875.00.  Duenow Scholl was released to appear.

The Mason City Police Department was assisted by the Mason City Neighborhood Services Department.   


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