5 cats found dead in Bonney Lake mobile home

A Bonney Lake woman is accused of leaving her six cats alone in a mobile home for a month without food or water.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Jerilyn Fikse, 62, with first-degree animal cruelty. Other charges might be added. She is to be arraigned Aug. 18.

Fikse cound not be reached Wednesday, and no attorney was listed in court records.

A manager at the RV park where Fikse kept one of her two mobile homes called police March 13 to report seeing a dead cat through the window.

He told the animal control officer who responded that he’d been unable to reach Fikse, who hadn’t paid her rent, and he’d considered having her home towed.

The animal control officer knew Fikse from previous complaints of animal cruelty and hoarding, according to charging papers.

Five dead cats were found inside the home, along with an overflowing litter box, curtains caked with cat fur, feces on countertops, and empty food and water bowls.

One cat was alive but too weak to get up from a chair when the animal control officer arrived.

A veterinarian declared the 7-pound cat to be nearly fatally dehydrated, malnourished and neglected, records show. It was euthanized.

When told her cats were dead, Fikse “said she was ‘sorry about that’ and ‘would take care of it,’” according to charging papers. “She said that her husband had died and she was left with a lot of problems.”

Officials said her husband died last year.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653