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Potter charged in cat deaths

Amanda Butler, Sierra Sun

A total of 107 cats, both dead and living, have now been recovered from Caroleen “Candy” Potter’s home in Tahoe Donner.

Officers first visited Potter’s home March 13 after neighbors reported strong odors coming from the house. Officers were shocked to find Potter attempting to asphyxiate several cats that had overtaken her home.

“The fact that we walked in right in the middle of her doing this, is what makes this truly unique,” said Martin Schneider, the investigating officer at animal control.

Officers cited Potter and labeled the home “uninhabitable.”

A cleaning crew was then hired to clean up and gut the house. In the process they uncovered 17 more dead cats, bringing the total number of dead cats to 64.

On Tuesday, Potter accepted a plea bargain in which she will plead guilty to one felony count of animal cruelty. The agreement means Potter will likely face some county jail time as well as probation. She is currently in custody, held on a $5,000 bond, and is expected to be sentenced on May 1.

Four of the cats recovered from the initial raid of Potter’s home were pregnant and there are several litters of kittens that will be available for adoption from Animal Control by the end of the week.


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