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      Update: Accused cat hoarder pleads not guilty

      Update: Monday, June 28 at 12:11 p.m.

      A Columbia woman accused of hoarding dozens of cats in a motel room has pleaded not guilty.

      Susan Kohler was charged earlier this month with having too many animals after animal control officers found almost 30 cats in a motel room where she had been living.

      Four dead kittens were also found in a freezer.

      The cats were taken to the Columbia humane society.

      Update: Thursday, June 18 at 5:00 p.m.

      Boone County Animal Control Officers released the name of a woman who was caught on Wednesday hoarding cats in a Columbia motel room.

      Authorities said Susan Kohler, 52, had 28 live cats in the room and four dead kittens in a freezer at the Columbia Motel 6 on I-70 Drive Southeast next to Patricia TMs Grocery Store.

      Kohler faces charges of violating several animal related ordinances including animal abuse.

      Animal Control Officers said Kohler had been hoarding the cats and kittens at the motel since March.

      Motel managers refused to give any comment as workers cleaned up Kohler TMs room that was covered in cat feces and urine.

      There is a lot of property damage, mainly just from the typical urine and feces that you would find from litter boxes being overrun and finding that many cats in that small of a location, Boone County Animal Control Officer Molly Aust said.

      Kohler said that she wasn't getting in trouble because of the cats' health.

      The cats are in fine health," Kohler said. "There were too many in the room and that TMs what they are nailing me on.

      Kohler is set for a preliminary hearing on June 25.

      Animal Control Officers have finished processing the cats at the Central Missouri Humane Society where they checked for rabies vaccinations and health conditions.

      Update: Thursday, June 17 at 3:24 p.m.

      Accused animal hoarder Susan Kohler released the following statement:

      The cats are in fine health," Kohler said. "There were too many in the room and that TMs what they are nailing me on.

      Update: Thursday, June 17 at 1:25 p.m.

      Boone County Animal Control released the name of a woman caught hoarding cats in a Columbia motel room.

      Susan Kohler, 52, of 1309 Stonehaven Road is set for a preliminary hearing on June 25.

      Kohler faces charges of violating several animal related ordinances.

      Four dead kittens were found in the hotel room freezer.

      The motel owner did not have a comment.

      Update: Wednesday, June 16 at 6:05 p.m.

      Boone County Animal Control Officers served a warrant and several summons to a woman for hoarding at least 25 cats in a Columbia motel room.

      Authorities said the woman also put dead cats in the motel room TMs freezer because she did not want to part with her pets, which is typical behavior of a hoarder.

      The cats were taken from the Motel 6 on I-70 Drive Southeast to the Central Missouri Humane Society.

      Cat urine and feces severely damaged the woman TMs motel room. Animal Control Officers said they knew the woman was living with the cats in the motel room because of previous complaints over a period of several months.

      The woman has not been arrested because authorities continue to gather evidence.

      I did issue her summonses there on the spot," Animal Control Officer Molly Sust said. "We TMre currently waiting to find out rabies vaccinations and talk to her further. She is out. She did leave on her own. Whether she returns to the motel later, I don TMt know.

      They just let us know that they were going to be bringing the animals in," Director of the Central Missouri Humane Society Dr. Alan Allert said. "We provide that service for the animal control. We have to make space for them and be ready to vaccinate them and hold them for the period that we have to.

      A Boone County ordinance allows up to four cats in motel rooms; however, every Columbia hotel and motel has their own rules regarding pets.

      Authorities are not releasing the name of the woman because this is an ongoing investigation.

      Officers said they could release her name as soon as tomorrow.

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      Boone County Animal Control has issued a woman citations for hoarding about 25 cats in a Columbia hotel room.

      Authorities said the woman also put dead cats in the hotel room TMs freezer because she did not want to part with her pets, which is typical behavior of a hoarder.

      The cats were taken from the Motel 6 on I-70 Drive SE to the Central Missouri Humane Society.

      Authorities are not releasing the name of the woman because this is an ongoing investigation.

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