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Two Harbors Man Pleads Guilty In Cat Hoarding Case

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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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