Two Harbors Man Pleads Guilty In Cat Hoarding Case

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Two Harbors man accused of hoarding more than 100 cats has pleaded guilty to animal neglect and maltreatment.

Prosecutors say 70-year-old Edward Todd Stoehr agreed Friday to a sentence of 180 days in jail, stayed for two years as part of a plea deal. He’ll also be fined $1,500 of which all but $250 will be stayed.

The Duluth News Tribune reports felony charges of animal cruelty were reduced to misdemeanors as part of the plea deal.

Stoehr, the former director of the Lake Superior Humane Society, can keep the one dog he owns, provided a veterinarian determines it’s in good health. He can also have up to two other animals if, after six months of probabtion, a psychologist decides he’s mentally fit.

He’ll be formally sentenced March 17.

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  • weee

    You can never have too many cats!!!!

  • Nancy Aleshire

    People who hoard animals should be sentenced to live in crowded conditions themselves. Place them in living environments with 25 or more people so they can experience the lack of space the animals go through.

  • Victim Du Jour

    What’s the purpose of putting a 70 year old in jail?

  • pat

    Hi Nancy, I have the same knee jerk reaction but this poor man is not well. Most hoarders are mentally unstable, they are often times misguided in their attempts to help animals, and they become like an anorexic, they can’t see what reallity is. I think the judge was compassionate as well as just.

  • Victim Du Jour

    Cats are Rodants, he is getting punished for what cats do in the wild.

  • tcp

    I agree with Nancy’s statement above. However, despite what the media is saying about him, Todd is not in fact, an animal horder. Many of the crimes of which he is accused actually were committed by a woman who worked for Todd and was supposedly helping in getting the animals adopted. Todd is in fact a very good man, committed to bettering the lives of unwanted animals, and finding good homes for them. I know this, because I did volunteer work for him all throughout my high school years, and know all the people involved. Currently I am going to university for veterinary medicine. Cat hording is terrible, and should be punished. But Todd is not the guilty one here.

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