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Ashwaubenon police arrest woman accused of abandoning cat in dumpster

Posted: 2:08 PM, May 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-15 19:06:11-04

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. — A woman is facing animal cruelty charges after police say she left a cat in a dumpster.

On Tuesday morning, police say someone found a cat inside a box taped shut and thrown in a dumpster at the Creekwood Apartments on Viking Drive. Police say the person had found the box after hearing the cat meowing. According to Ashwaubenon Public Safety, the box contained a cat inside of a plastic bag with a small pillow and was secured with layers of tape. The box was heavily taped with packaging tape, police say, and it took some effort to free the cat.

Police say the cat was covered in its own urine and would have likely died had it not been found. Officers learned the cat was chipped and his name is Spencer. Police say the cat had been adopted a few months ago from the Bay Area Humane Society.

On Wednesday police arrested 45-year-old Elizabeth Bartlett at her apartment and took her to the Brown County Jail. She was booked on five misdemeanor charges related to animal cruelty and abandonment.