The warrant was obtained from District Judge David Mark after the humane society received a report by the township code enforcement officer following an inspection last month indicating there were chickens, ducks and rabbits along with possibly other animals at the home.
Seized from the property were dogs, cats, kittens, chickens, rabbits and ducks.
The humane police offier, with assistance from the Beaver County humane society, was on the property for about five hours removing the animals and fowl. Neither Moore nor Klinzing was home when humane officials arrived at the home Tuesday morning.
Last December, eight dogs were removed from the property after humane police Officer Glen Thomson received a tip Dec. 12 about the dogs being left outside in the cold. Thomson posted a notice about the conditions. When he returned the following day, the dogs were still outside. He obtained a warrant and seized the dogs.
Moore and Klinzing were ordered held for court on animal cruelty charges. Their case is scheduled for trial later this month before Washington County Judge Michael Lucas. Also pending is an action filed against them by the humane society seeking reimbursement for the care of the dogs while in the care of the agency.
The township code enforcement officer had gone to the Crossroads home under a court order issued by Senior Judge William Nalitz giving him and the building inspector permission to inspect the residence, structures and land for code violations, Jodi Noble, township manager, said Tuesday. She said Moore was notified May 26 of the court order and the pending visit at the residence. She said that William and Ruth Moore are listed as the property owners.
“The township has for a number of years tried to conduct code enforcement at the property,” Noble said. “There is concern about the structure’s integrity given there is a tarp over the home’s roof.”
MORE THAN 15 YEARS OF COMPLAINTS, VIOLATIONS
This has not been the first time code enforcement efforts have taken place at the property. Noble said complaints date back to 2001, when notice was given by the township for junk vehicles. Township records also show violations also have been issued for accumulation of refuse and for an unsafe structure.