Milford Couple Named In Cat Cruelty Case

Photo released by Kent County SPCA

On Wednesday, June 6 Kent County SPCA released the names of the two individuals involved in last week’s animal cruelty case in Milford. Animal Care and Control officers arrested Paul and Paula Wintjenon on 52 counts of misdemeanor Animal Cruelty Charges.

On Friday May 25, 2012 Delaware Animal Care and Control received a complaint about multiple cats on a property located at 263 Thompsonville Road in Milford. When officers approached the property an immense odor emanated from a shed located on the property where the owners were housing cats.

While Animal Control Officers made contact with Paul and Paula Wintjen, they noticed a large amount of cats living in the RV with the couple. A release from the Kent County SPCA described the conditions inside the RV and shed as “deplorable with cats running everywhere” with an overpowering stench in both areas.

A warrant was secured to investigate the property farther and Animal Control Officers were confronted with a much more severe violation upon inspection of the property. Several hours later, two Animal Control Vehicles, a van and a truck pulling a horse trailer, arrived at the shelter packed with animal carriers filled with cats and kittens.

When the search began officers noticed multiple cats that were in different degrees of illness and infection. More than half of the cats removed from the residence were all suffering from upper respiratory infections and severe eye issues. The final count was 98 cats and kittens that were removed from the residence. All of the cats were transported to the Kent County SPCA for medical treatment and housing.

On Saturday June 2, 2012 the Wintjen’s were arrested and arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court 7 on 52 counts of misdemeanor Animal Cruelty Charges, and released on unsecured bond and ordered not to own or posses any animals until the case has been adjudicated.

Until the cats can be put up for adoption, they will require a lot of medical care and attention. Kent County SPCA is asking for the public’s assistance by donating food, supplies and money to aid in their care. They also urge individuals to consider adopting the cats currently in the shelter so that room can become available for the 98 seized cats when they are ready.

Most needed item for these cats and other animals at the Kent County SPCA shelter are kitten formula, toys, nursing bottles, baby blankets, small stuffed animals, clay litter and canned cat  food. For more adoption and donation information contact the shelter at 302-698-3006 or visit their website at Kent County SPCA is located at 32 Shelter Circle in Camden, DE.