- Maryland, USA -
53-year-old GARRIOTT J. COX and 51-year-old PAMELA ARRINGTON used to run "Colony Cats of Bird River and Beyond" which provided adoption services for cats in the Middle River area.
When in September ARRINGTON took some cats to the Maryland SPCA for treatment, staff became concerned about their condition and alerted Baltimore County Animal Services.
This triggered an investigation.
A first search was conducted on October 9, when 15 cats were found dead and 70 were seized from the property.
The helpless creatures were trapped in filthy cages without food or water.
A veterinarian from Baltimore County Animal Services was on-site and determined that about half of the cats were suffering from illnesses like infections, ulcers, leukemia, conjunctivitis, and upper respiratory infections among others.
A few days later, authorities went back for an additional search and found 59 dead cats.
Two dogs, a bird, and 74 cats were removed.
The duo were indicted November 4. Each is facing more than 60 animal cruelty charges, many of which are felonies.
They both are free after posting a $50,000 bond each.
Here is an unexpected twist in this case: the couple are suing the police in an attempt to get back some of those surviving animals!