Richard A. Walter is wanted by Cumberland County police for 8 counts of animal cruelty. Walter left his home last January and never returned leaving 8 dogs to starve. Six of the dogs died. A cocker spaniel and pit bull mix were the only survivors. Walter had no excuse when police questioned him by phone.
Walter’s description: 51 year-old white male, 6 foot tall, 180-200 pounds, blue eyes, graying brown hair. Call Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at 910-323-1500.
Kim Mitchell Fareed failed to appear in court February 2nd for animal cruelty. On Christmas Eve last year police found five dogs and several cats abandoned in a rental home without heat. The dogs went without food or water a week. Owner Wayne Vaughan said the renters had left his property trashed.
A cocker spaniel, cocker-beagle, Havanese, and 2 chihuahuas all required medical treatment. One dog had 33 teeth removed. All have since recovered and plan to be adopted.
Staff from the Waterford Humane Society discovered an abandoned cocker spaniel outside their facility Saturday morning. They turned him over to Waterford Animal Control and named him Pilgrim. Officer Robert Yuchniuk said Pilgrim’s hair was so dirty and matted he could barely walk. Under sedation groomers Gina Garreffi and Caitlan Nadolny removed 7.6 lbs of feces matted fur.
“He now looks and feels 1,000 percent better,” Yuchniuk said. “I also want to thank Doctor Cathy Clark for administering a sedative shot to make the painful grooming process bearable for this guy. He did wonderful and is now back at the shelter smelling like shampoo!”