Saturday, August 14, 1993

Pennsylvania: Raymond Manness, 29, charged with animal cruelty; accused of killing a cockatoo by cooking it alive inside microwave

PENNSYLVANIA -- A Bartonsville man has been charged with cruelty to animals for killing a cockatoo by putting the exotic bird in a microwave and turning the oven on, Tamaqua police said yesterday.

The accused, Raymond Manness, 29, is also charged with attempting to kill two kittens in similar manner.

Someone in the house removed the kittens from the microwave before they were harmed, borough police said.

Manness has been cited for cruelty to animals, criminal mischief and two counts of criminal attempt to commit cruelty to animals.

The incidents took place at the home of John and Genevieve Hindermyer, 18 Spruce St., Tamaqua, on Monday night, police said.

A short time after the kittens were saved, Manness allegedly went into the living room and took one of two cockatoos from a cage and put it in the microwave in the kitchen, then turned it on, killing the bird.

Criminal complaints have been filed with District Justice Andrew Zelonis of Tamaqua who set a hearing on Sept. 2.

(The Morning Call - August 13, 1993)

Thursday, August 5, 1993

Connecticut: Elizabeth Schultz, 54, accused of mistreating dozens of dogs in two towns was charged Tuesday with 17 counts of cruelty to animals

CONNECTICUT -- An Enfield woman accused of mistreating dozens of dogs in two towns was charged Tuesday with 17 counts of cruelty to animals.

Elizabeth M. Schultz, 54, who gives her home address as 11 Lox Lane in Enfield, was released on a $5,000 no-cash bond for an Aug. 10 appearance in Enfield Superior Court. She faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine on each count.

Police last week entered Schultz's West Street home in Windsor Locks and found 13 live dogs and two live cats in cages soiled 4 inches deep with feces. Police also found three dead dogs and a dead bird in the freezer.

Enfield police on Tuesday were preparing warrants to lodge similar charges against Schultz. At her Lox Lane home last week, police found 43 dogs stacked in cages soiled with urine and feces. Four dead dogs were found in the freezer and two more in the refrigerator, police said.

Schultz has said the rat terriers and chihuahuas, which she breeds, are her family because she has no husband or children.

She said conditions at her two houses began to deteriorate only recently because the cages are hard to clean and she was having trouble selling the dogs. She said she froze the carcasses to preserve them while she saved money for coffins.

Police in Enfield and Windsor Locks seized a total of 56 live dogs and are temporarily holding them in area animal shelters as evidence

(Hartford Courant - August 4, 1993)