WEST VIRGINIA -- Masontown resident Paul David Sisler, 41, was charged with five counts of second animal cruelty and 10 counts of prohibited possession of an animal.
According to the criminal complaint, on or about August 15, 2016, Masontown Police Office M.E. Hoefler responded to a home on an animal complaint.
Upon his arrival Hoefler observed 10 cats on the property, five of which were kittens, and a plate on the porch that contained molding food with bugs crawling in it and an empty water dish.
All the cats were seized by the Preston County Animal Shelter and taken to a local veterinarian for care. The kittens were underweight, malnourished, flea infested with eye infections and fluid on their chests.
Sisler resides at the Masontown residence and has had a previous animal cruelty conviction in which he is prohibited from possessing any animals for a period of five years. The animal cruelty conviction had a date of January 27, 2016.
Sisler was charged with one count each of animal cruelty for the five neglected kittens and one count each for each of the ten cats for possession animals for each cat.
In late 2015, Preston County officials had seized four dogs and Sisler was charged with cruelty to animals, not registering a kennel or dog, and not having the animals vaccinated.
He was each charged with two counts of failure to have animals vaccinated against rabies, two counts of failure to register a dog or kennel and four counts of cruelty to animals.
Sisler was released on $7,500 bond.
(Theet.com - Dec 19, 2016)