A Butler County couple is now facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly abandoning six cats in woods behind their home in Cabot.
Kevin Delehanty of Cranberry Township and his girlfriend Tamara Rusz of Mars are each facing multiple misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. The charges were filed Friday by Butler County humane police officer Janice Lawniczak.
According to court documents, Lawniczak was called to wooded property- off Bear Creek Road in Winfield Township- last November. There, she allegedly found three abandoned cat carriers with two cats in each carrier.
Five cats were deceased, including one cat that was mauled to death. The sixth cat had managed to escape and was later captured and taken to the Butler County Humane Society.
Delehanty allegedly later admitted that he and Rusz willingly took all six cats behind their property and abandoned them while they were still alive. The couple faces a preliminary hearing in June.
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