“I’m an animal lover; an animal lover that couldn’t get any help.” said the woman who kept the animals in terrible filth and covered in fleas. It is not uncommon for hoarders to make such statements, or to say they were just about to take care of problems before their animals were taken away.
An anonymous tip to the SPCA earlier this week brought about the raid. Michele Regels kept the animals in a house passed down from her grandfather and said she was relieved to have the SPCA step in. A representative of the SPCA noted Ms. Regels cooperative and friendly attitude and said that contributed to a lesser charge of one misdemeanor animal cruelty charge, punishable by a maximum of one year of jail time, a $1,000 fine, or 3 years probation. The woman is thought to have started with a few animals and then gotten in over her head. There is no explanation given for the degree of filth, which points to the hoarder mentality.
Ms, Regels lived in the garage, while the animals stayed in the feces encrusted house. The house has been condemned, and the cats will be made available for adoption.