- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - An Anderson woman has been accused of taking more than $11,000 from the cat rescue organization she operated.

Julianne Westberry, 46, is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent of $10,000 or more, The Greenville News (https://grnol.co/1wtEum1) reported. It was not clear if she has an attorney.

The warrant states that between June 2013 and June 2014 Westberry received $21,515 from a PayPal account to provide foster homes, adoptions, food and medical treatment for cats she was caring for at her home.

The warrant said she took $11,299 of that for her personal use.

The State Law Enforcement Division has been investigating since dozens of cats were found dead at a home in Belton earlier this year. Police charged Westberry with ill treatment of animals.

Belton Police Chief Tommy Clamp said investigators were first tipped off to the situation June 18 when someone reported a bad odor coming from a house. Clamp said 32 cats were found alive but another 37 were in “various stages of decomposition.” He said another 20 or so dead cats were later found on the property.

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Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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