Woman convicted in cat hoarding case faces probation violation

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - She's not supposed to own pets. But a woman convicted in a cat hoarding case is now facing a probation violation for allegedly doing just that!

Patti Wheeler could be going to prison. We tracked her down for an explanation.

Wheeler is living in a hotel in Henrico with at least two cats that we saw. Court papers show a Chesterfield judge wants to talk to her about allegations she's now caring for animals. Wheeler isn't talking about it.

She could be arrested at any moment.

I had a few questions for Wheeler about a show cause order against her dated January 5th.

Tara: "From what I understand you have a probation violation."
Wheeler: "I'm not going to talk to you about it."

The allegation: harboring or caring for a companion animal, a violation of her suspended sentence. But look at what's in her room!

According to court records, Wheeler's last known address is here at the Extended Stay in Henrico. Take a look at her door it indicates pets inside. We saw two cats hanging out on her bed. She's banned from having any pets.

We asked Wheeler, "Why do you have two cats in your room? You're not supposed to have any companion animals."

Not since her 2010 vandalism conviction. More than sixty animals, mostly cats, were removed from the home she rented on Treely Road in Chester.

Three were dead, 33 cats had to be put down. The rest were either adopted out or placed with rescues.

The prosecutor said then the inside of the home was covered in feces. Drywall and flooring had to be thrown out.

Wheeler got five years with all but three months suspended for vandalism. She was also convicted of animal cruelty.

Henrico probation is handling her community supervision, but couldn't comment. Wheeler, who worked at a Henrico vet clinic up until last December, didn't want to share anything with us either.

As of last check, the show cause order had not yet been served. There is no court date set for Wheeler. That won't happen until she's arrested.

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