A 61-year-old Libby woman is facing up to 21 years behind bars after her arrest on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Cathie Iris Warren, also known as Cathie Iris Odegaard, was booked into Lincoln County jail on Wednesday and faces four felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty, one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty – first offense, and six felony counts of animal cruelty – second or subsequent offense. The indictment also includes six alternative charges of animal cruelty – second or subsequent offense.
According to documents filed with the court, the Lincoln County Health Department has been involved with Warren and her animals since 2013. The situation escalated in April 2016 when Heal Department director Kathi Hooper and Lincoln County Animal Control officer, Wendy Anderson, contacted Warren after receiving complaints of dogs barking at a property near Crossway Avenue in Libby. Hooper and Anderson visited Warren’s residence on April 21, 2016, and again on June 30, 2016. The two reports detail sub-standard living conditions including overcrowding, lack of food and water, and extreme temperatures.
In addition to the dogs, several horses and donkeys were on the property as well as goats, chickens, and a large cage of birds.
Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe returned to Warren’s property on July 26, 2016, and brought veterinarian Dr. Melissa Genovese and veterinary technician Stephanie Thompson. Doctor Genovese’s report detailed several dogs with low body condition scores. The veterinarian also reported that Warren told her she fed cat food to the dogs and less food to the plott hounds in order to keep them from growing quickly.
A search warrant was executed Aug. 2. During that search, 53 dogs and six donkeys were seized. The veterinarian’s report indicated that several of the dogs were malnourished, 43 had ear infections, three had eye infections, and one had a diseased tooth.