BEAUMONT, Texas (CBS Houston) – Houston area cats can breathe a little easier knowing a woman who kept two dozen dead felines in her home has been reprimanded.

Karen Crooke, 65, received five years’ deferred probation on animal cruelty charges on Monday stemming from her housing 24 dead cats in her home. The Beaumont Enterprise reports that Beaumont Animal Services recently searched the home, with Crooke later admitting that one of the dead cats might have been dead for two years.

Crooke told Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens that she “never intended for it to happen,” referring to the housing of 24 dead cats, according to the Houston Chronicle.

As part of her punishment, Stevens sentenced the 65-year-old to 600 hours of community service for the Humane Society of Southeast Texas – service that will have her “serve the cats” and cleaning out the cat cages, according to the Chronicle.

Crooke’s sentencing, however, may come off as being a bit lenient. Instead of a possible two-year jail sentence and $10,000 fine, she received the probation, meaning the conviction would not appear on Crooke’s record if she completes her probation, according to the Enterprise. Crooke will pay a $500 fine and not be able to have any kind of custody rights of any animals.


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