Sheriff: Drunk Woman With Cats in Suitcase Arrested in Stafford County

The woman said she was trying to bring the cats to a shelter, authorities say

An intoxicated woman carrying cats inside a suitcase was arrested in Stafford County, Virginia, the sheriff's office says.

Someone called deputies after seeing the woman at Mr. B's Market and Grill on Warrenton Road in Fredericksburg early Friday evening, authorities say.

A deputy who responded to the call said he immediately smelled alcohol when he found 43-year-old Shanna Holwager at the market. Holwager was unsteady on her feet, her speech was slurred and she had bloodshot glassy eyes, according to the sheriff's office.

Holwager allegedly told the deputy she was trying to bring the two cats zipped inside the suitcase to a shelter.

The deputy then took Holwager into custody for public intoxication and handed the cats over Stafford County Animal Control.

Holwager was held in jail until she was sober, but she was back in jail the next night after the same deputy saw her walking in the middle of the road and waving her arms in the area of South Gateway Drive and Warrenton Road, the sheriff's office said. She was arrested on public intoxication again and released once she was sober.

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