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Police: Joliet woman refused to stop feeding wild animals

The feral cats and raccoons fed by the woman smelled and caused destruction, police say

A Joliet woman was cited by police after allegedly continuing to feed feral cats and wild raccoons despite multiple warnings from authorities to stop doing so because the animals smelled and caused destruction, police said.

At noon Friday, Cathy A. Werkmeister, 61, of the 1600 block of Dianne Drive was cited for keeping dangerous animals.

A Joliet Township Animal Control officer had been sent to Werkmeister’s home on multiple occasions because she allegedly kept feeding feral cats and raccoons, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said in an email.

“Werkmeister had been previously warned on multiple occasions by Animal Control to stop feeding said animals due to the smell and destruction that had been caused by them,” Gregory said.

An Animal Control officer told Werkmeister that she could not provide care and control to the animals because they are not domesticated and they do not have proper vaccinations, Gregory said.

Despite the Animal Control officer’s warning, Werkmeister allegedly refused to stop, Gregory said.

As a result, Gregory said, the Animal Control officer then issued Werkmeister the citation on Friday.

Werkmeister is scheduled to appear in court on July 23 to answer the charge.

Werkmeister’s Dianne Drive home is in Criswell Trailer Park off Route 30.

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