ARMSTRONG CO., Pennsylvania (EYT) – A New Bethlehem woman has pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty and related charges stemming from a March 2021 case in which 22 dead animals were allegedly discovered and several animals rescued at a residence in Madison Township.
According to court documents, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 46 Keri Beth Wolfe pleaded guilty before Presiding Judge James J. Panchik to the following charges:
– Aggravated Cruelty to Animals – Causing SBI or Death, Felony 3 (two counts)
– Cruelty to animals, offense 2 (one count)
– Animal Negligence – Food/Water, Misdemeanor 3 (one count)
Wolfe remains free on $10,000.00 monetary bond.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
According to a criminal complaint, Armstrong County Humanitarian Officer Chris O’Donnell served a search warrant at a residence on Bingham Road in Madison Township, Armstrong County shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 22. 2021. The search warrant was in regards to a complaint by an animal rescue organization for the alleged neglect of animals at the residence owned by Keri Beth Wolfe.
At the scene, Pennsylvania State Troopers assisted Officer O’Donnell and another human officer search the perimeter.
Six deceased birds were later located in cages at the back of the house. No water or food was found in the enclosures which allegedly contained large amounts of excrement, according to the complaint.
A veterinarian and an assistant from Frankie’s Friends arrived on the scene to help.
Upon entering the home, authorities discovered seven deceased dogs, six deceased rabbits and three deceased felines.
Two of the deceased dogs were found in a crate, and the skeletal remains of another dog – which appeared to have been eaten by other animals in the home – were found in a hallway. A dog was found dead on a chair and two cats were found dead in the basement, lying with mold on their bodies. Three deceased rabbits were found in a bag on the kitchen counter and a deceased kitten was found decomposing in the hallway above a black box.
According to the complaint, overflowing litter boxes were found throughout the structure, and there was also a large amount of trash and feces found throughout the house, which smelled strongly of rot.
The extreme amount of trash inside the structure made mobility difficult for officers during the search, the complaint states.
The complaint also notes that some of the animals appeared to have recently died while others had been dead for some time.
According to the complaint, officers did not observe any food or water available for any of the animals, although there was unopened wet dog food in the kitchen.
It was also noted that numerous cats and two dogs were transported to rescue, according to the complaint.
Wolfe was arraigned before Magistrate District Judge James H. Owen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
The following counts were retained for court on June 22, 2021:
– Aggravated Cruelty to Animals – Causing SBI or Death, Felony 3 (26 counts)
– Cruelty to Animals, Misdemeanor 2 (43 counts)
– Animal Neglect – Food/Water, Misdemeanor 3 (43 counts)
– Animal Neglect – Shelter/Protection, Misdemeanor 3 (43 counts)
– Animal Neglect – Veterinary Care, Misdemeanor 3 (43 counts)
Wolfe was formally arraigned on September 15, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. before Senior Judge Kenneth GJ Valasek at the Armstrong County Court of Common Pleas.
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