AURORA, Colo. — A private cat shelter has been ordered by a Jefferson County court to return five cats to an Aurora woman, who has been pegged as the “Cat Lady of Aurora” due to her 46 pet cats.
On Monday, Jefferson County Judge Tammy Green ordered that Almost Home Adoptions return five cats to their owner, Karen Schultz, according to Schultz’s attorney Juliet Piccone.
Piccone said she will pick up the animals at the Almost Home Adoptions no-kill shelter at 6010 W. 88th Ave. in Westminster at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and then bring the cats back to Schultz’s home in Aurora.
This will be the first time Schultz has seen five of her cats, Piper, Fog, Baron, Kubla Khan and Destiny, since March 29, added Piccone.
The judge’s order marked the first ruling in the lawsuit for civil theft filed by Schultz on April 21 against the animal shelter and its founder and director, Kathleen Cline.
According to the lawsuit, Cline refused to return Schultz’s cats after she agreed to temporarily board them until Schultz was able to get her home back in order.
Schultz’s 46 cats fell ill after serious health issues kept Schultz away from her home weeks at a time and the individual who was supposed to care for the animals did not do the job well.
She agreed with the City of Aurora to give them up while she worked to fix her home.
Almost Home Adoptions took in all 46 cats, agreeing to return five of them to Schultz after her house met health inspections.
The court ruled that Almost Home Adoptions never gained ownership of the cats because Schultz never surrendered them.