Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pennsylvania: Marci Klinzing and William Moore charged with animal cruelty for the 2nd time in 6 months

PENNSYLVANIA -- A Chartiers Township couple were charged Tuesday by the Washington Area Humane Society police officer with 48 counts of animal cruelty after removing animals and birds from their property last week.

William E. Moore, 67, and Marci Klinzing, 48, both of 8 Crossroads Road, were charged by Officer Glen Thomson, who obtained a search warrant for their home after the humane society received a report by the township code enforcement officer following an inspection last month that there were dogs, cats and various birds living in deplorable conditions at the home.

This is the second time in less than six months that animals have been removed from the home of Moore and Klinzing. Thomson indicated the charges were upgraded from a summary to a misdemeanor since it is subsequent offense.

Thomson, with assistance from the Beaver County Humane Society, removed dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks, chickens, guineas and a cockatiel-type bird from the residence. A dog and two cats had to be rescued from the roof by Thomson. Neither Moore nor Klinzing was home when humane officials arrived at the home.

Thomson indicated in court documents filed at the office of District Judge David Mark that the animals were kept in unsanitary living conditions with some kept in overcrowded or unsafe cages. He also indicated that there were cats in the walls.

In December, eight dogs were removed from the property after Thomson received a tip about the animals 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. That case is scheduled for a June 29 pretrial conference.

Also pending is an action filed against them by the humane society seeking reimbursement for its care of the dogs.

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 last week.

She said Moore was notified May 26 of the court order and the pending visit at the residence. Noble said that William and Ruth Moore are listed as the property owners.

A preliminary hearing on the new charges is scheduled for July 12 before Mark.

(Observer Reporter - June 14, 2017)


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