Animals

Diane Carle, Palm Beach Cat Lady: "I'm Not A Criminal" (New Times Exclusive)

Diane Carle is not an agreeable person. She's irritable. She's reclusive. She's slovenly.

But according to Carle, who imprisoned 141 dead and dying cats inside her urine-washed home in one of the largest cases of cat-hoarding in Palm Beach history, she's no criminal.

"I have no record," Carle of Lake Worth told New Times Monday evening in her first public comments to date. "I have no criminal past. I don't see how they can press charges against me. I'll get my veterinarian to come to court. I was not cruel to any cat in any way, shape, or form."

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Terrence McCoy