LONDONDERRY — A couple from Londonderry, Meghan Williams and Robert Gerhold, were arrested on multiple animal cruelty charges after leaving more than a dozen cats inside a foreclosed home in Manchester without any care.
The police found ten cats suffering from serious health issues and four deceased inside the home.
Williams and Gerhold face 14 counts of animal cruelty and are scheduled for arraignment on April 12 in Manchester Circuit Court.
The case dates back to October 2022, when Manchester Police responded to 312 Seames Drive for a report of abandoned animals in a foreclosed home.
A neighbor told police that he had not seen the owner in at least two weeks and could see multiple cats through a window.
Responding officers could smell a strong odor of ammonia coming through an open window.
Inside they could see furniture flipped over, torn up, and covered in feces.
They also saw a deceased cat in the corner. Several extremely thin cats could be seen on a couch.
They did not look well and appeared to be missing fur. Police found no food or water left out for the animals.
Over several days, Manchester Police Animal Control located and removed ten cats suffering from serious health issues and four deceased from inside the home.
Both Williams and Gerhold were released on $5,000 PR and are scheduled for arraignment on April 12th in Manchester Circuit Court.