Dakota County Woman Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty
Last May 26-year-old Caycee Bregel was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty charges after a search warrant found 64 dead cats, 43 live ones, a few dogs, a guinea pig and a loose 400-pound pig on her property in Farmington. Yesterday, Friday, April 12, Bregel pled guilty to 13 counts of animal cruelty in Dakota County court.
According to a May 2018 report from WCCO-TV the Castle Rock Township rental home at the time of Bregel's arrest was "registered as a non-profit animal rescue" named 'Minnesota Foster Cats and Kittens'. During the investigation in May of 2018 law enforcement found in addition to the deceased animals that the home had its floors, walls, and windows 'covered in animal excrement.' The Dakota County Public Health Department has since condemned the home in which the animals were found.
The Star Tribune has reported in addition to the guilty plea Bregel will have to 'commit to 200 hours of community service, two years of probation, 90 days of electronic home monitoring, restitution, and a psychological evaluation.' Bregel was also instructed in her sentencing that she is no longer allowed to own, possess or care for any animals.
According to Fox 9 as a result of this case, the Animal Humane Society is revisiting how they could improve monitoring of foster volunteers.
In a post concerning the case on the Animal Humane Society website, it stated that "Of the 51 cats removed from Bregel’s home, 11 have been adopted and eight more are waiting for new families in our adoption centers. All 12 dogs and the guinea pig have been adopted as well."