- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) - A Schleswig man and woman suspected of animal neglect each face four misdemeanor charges in Manitowoc County Circuit Court.

Keith Vonkampen and Laura Roth are suspected of hoarding and neglecting more than 40 cats and dogs. HTR Media (http://htrne.ws/1vB6eqc ) reports they are charged with two counts of being party to intentionally mistreating animals and two counts of being party to intentionally failing to provide food for animals. Each charge carries penalties of up to nine months in jail and up to a $10,000 fine.

A criminal complaint said authorities discovered squalor within the home where the animals lived, including dirty kennels, litter boxes, food and water dishes. The pets were taken from the residence, examined by a Two Harbors veterinarian and surrendered to the Lakeshore Humane Society, according to the sheriff’s department.

The veteran discovered all of the animals were infested with fleas and all of the cats also had ear mites, according to the complaint. Many of the cats had respiratory and eye infections and many of the dogs had skin and ear infections, the complaint said.

About 75 percent of the animals surrendered to the shelter have already been adopted, according to manager Tina Nichols.

Vonkampen owns the property, rents it to Roth and spends much of his time living there as well. He told authorities that two dogs and six puppies found in the home belonged to him.

Town constable Richard Shannon said an animal rescue organization confiscated more than 40 animals from the same home in a separate incident early last year.

Court records don’t indicate if Vonkampen and Roth have attorneys. They are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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Information from: HTR Media, http://www.htrnews.com

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