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Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012County: Somerset
» Jesse Aaron Shay
» Angela Sue Bartels
A Somerset County couple involved in at least four different cases of animal cruelty have been slapped with over 20 different charges from the most recent incidents.
Somerset Borough police released the details late Tuesday afternoon and said Angela Bartels and Jesse Shay have each been charged with disorderly conduct, nine counts of animal cruelty, and six counts each of failure to vaccinate and license their animals
Police said they responded to the couple's home on April 18 after neighbors had complained of sick dogs in the back yard. Officers said they removed two neglected Sheltie pups, which eventually had to be put down. According to court documents a veterinarian determined the dogs were severely infected with the Parvo virus.
6 News was there two days later when police obtained a search warrant and seized five additional puppies, 10 cats and a chinchilla from the couple's home. Then two days after that, police discovered four dead puppies they said the couple tossed into a Dumpster. On that same property officers said they found three severely malnourished horses.
Throughout the investigation, police said they seized a total of 25 different animals, none of which had proper vaccinations or licenses. Police said the animals that survived needed extensive medical treatment.
- wjactv.com - May 29, 2012
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