NEW ULM – A 77-year-old New Ulm woman who admitted to living trapping a neighbor’s cat at Oakwood Estates, 2526 S. Bridge St. last fall, signed a petition on Tuesday to plead guilty to misdemeanor of theft in Brown County District Court.
Arlene B. Stolte received a citation by New Ulm police for misdemeanor robbery on October 30, 2022, according to court documents.
“For months, free-roaming cats entered my property, stalking birds that came to my bird feeders,” read Stolte’s plea petition.
“I set up live traps to try to stop the problem. On October 28, 2022, I caught a cat. I asked a friend to take the cat out of town in New Ulm , where he was released, continued the petition. “I knew it could have been a cat owned by one of my neighbors, and that releasing it outside of the city of New Ulm could rob them of that property forever.”
The court will stay the sentencing adjudication under certain conditions, including no identical or similar offenses within the next 12 months. Stolte will also pay a fine and restitution to the owners of the cat, the amounts of which will be determined by the court. Sentencing was set for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
Kathy Ganiere of New Ulm The Journal after learning the case would go to court on Tuesday. She explained the situation.
“Last October, my neighbor trapped our family cat Luka. She confessed to my husband and child that she had trapped him and that he was ‘no longer with us'”. sent a message to Ganiere. “We asked for as much information as possible. His friend told him he dumped him alive on North Route 15 at the first gravel road. My family and I searched this gravel road for weeks with no sign of our pet.
Ganiere described Luka as a “beautiful long-haired polydactyl cat, neutered, declawed, adopted from BENCHS in Mankato two years ago.”
“It was actually my birthday present from my husband that year,” Ganiere wrote. She added that her children are traumatized by the loss of the cat and her seven-year-old daughter is still struggling with it.
(Fritz Busch can be emailed to [email protected]).