13 cats euthanized as cops track animal hoarder
CITRUS HEIGHTS — Police are looking to the public for help in finding a woman accused of creating inhumane conditions for dozens of cats.
Investigators said Sherri Lynn Mendoza, 44, is wanted in connection with a burglary at Walmart two weeks ago, and for alleged animal cruelty to numerous cats.
On July 6, law enforcement officers received information two women stole items from the Citrus Heights Walmart and fled to a home at 7536 Gallant Circle.
When officers arrived at the home, Rebecca Kenmonth, 30, was arrested and taken into custody. The other woman ran away and was not located.
While on scene, law enforcement officers discovered evidence of hoarding, large amounts of garbage, animal feces and 40 cats in various stages of poor health inside the residence.
Sacramento County Animal Control and Citrus Heights Code Enforcement responded to the home to assist in locating all the cats. Traps were used to capture 51 cats, 13 of which were euthanized due to their poor health.
The remaining rescued animals are now in the care of Animal Control.
Anyone with knowledge of Mendoza’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Tip Line at (916) 727-5524.