Two people are wanted after police say 21 cats — one of which was dead — were removed from a Virginia Beach home in early October.
“The living conditions that the cats were in was pretty deplorable,” said Animal Control Supervisor Meghan Conti. “There was a large amount of feces and urine throughout the residence to the point that officers had to use respirators.”
Virginia Beach police said dispatch received a call on Oct. 5 from someone concerned about the well-being of a dog and cats at a home on Morningside Court, off Newtown and Princess Anne roads.
Animal control officers went to the home multiple times trying to contact the owner over a three-day period, with no success. A search warrant was obtained and executed Oct. 7, according to police.
Police said the 20 living cats were all suffering from starvation, dehydration, internal parasites and flea infestation. They were taken to Animal Control to be evaluated and treated.
“The vet was very shocked that the cats were still alive,” Conti added.
All 20 cats have since been made available for adoption. The shelter says they are half off the normal adoption price.
Officers are now looking for two people in connection to this case. Richard M. Snow, Jr., 38, and Christina L. Snow, 37, are each facing three counts of animal cruelty, three counts of no rabies vaccine and three counts of no city license.
“Somebody was caring for these cats at some point,” Conti said. “They need to be held responsible.”
Anyone with information that could help detectives is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.