Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Caycee Lynn Bregel, age 26, of St. Paul, pled guilty today to 13 counts of Mistreatment of Animals in connection with the death and care of numerous cats. At the time of the offenses Bregel was the owner and operator of “Minnesota Animal Rescue" a non-profit organization who had been renting a residence located in Castle Rock Township, Dakota County.
Judge Jerome Abrams sentenced Bregel to:
Count 1 (the only count charged as a felony) was sentenced as a gross misdemeanor. The court imposed 365 days and stayed 362 days; two years of probation, 90 days of electronic home monitoring; 200 hours of community work service; and restitution to the Humane Society and her former landlord. The judge also ordered a psychological evaluation and for her to follow the recommendations. Bregel cannot own, possess or care for any animals.
[The Dakota County Attorney's Office sought a felony disposition and 180 days in jail in connection with this count.]
Counts 2-13 were misdemeanors, and the court sentenced Bregel to one year of probation and all conditions from Count 1, to be served concurrently.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the initial criminal complaint, which is located online at: http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/CriminalComplaint/Pages/default.aspx. The previous news release can be viewed at: http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/LawJustice/AttorneyNewsReleases/Pages/default.aspx.
County Attorney Backstrom stated: “The abuse and mistreatment of animals in the manner that occurred in this instance was unconscionable."
Backstrom thanked Assistant County Attorney Tori Stewart who prosecuted the case. Backstrom also thanked the Dakota County Sheriff's Office and the Animal Humane Society for their investigation into this matter.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.