Mason City woman to plead guilty to animal neglect charges
MASON CITY — A Mason City woman has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of animal neglect after dead and sick cats were removed from her house.
The Mason City Police Department executed a search warrant on March 13th at 831 5th Southwest to check on the welfare of several cats after city officials had received several complaints about cats that were not being properly cared for inside the residence. Police say during the search, two dead cats and three cats that were still alive were taken from the residence, but those three cats had to later be euthanized because of health issues.
Luella Scholl was charged with two counts of animal neglect, a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and an $1875 fine. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, she’s agreed to plead guilty to the charges with prosecutors recommending that she would be sentenced to six days in jail. A formal plea change hearing is scheduled for October 16th.