Kimberly Jean Bungard of Washington, DC, was arrested this morning on a warrant obtained by Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) Humane Law Enforcement Officers and charged with cruelty to animals.
Over the course of the investigation, which began on March 15, 2018, HRA officers seized six cats and two turtles from a one-bedroom apartment in NE after they observed Bungard failed to provide the animals with proper care. Bungard surrendered 42 cats to HRA after being advised of the items required to come into compliance with the law, including a permit and veterinary care.
Many of the cats were suffering from flea-related dermatitis, including hair loss and scabby skin, and in underweight body conditions. Others had untreated illnesses and injuries, such as dental disease, skin infections, and even open wounds. Officers found the two turtles confined in a tank with dirty water and observed them to have what appeared to be ammonia scalding on their skin and shells.
“No animal should be forced to live in conditions like we saw in this apartment and without adequate food, water, and medical care,” said Chris Schindler, Vice President of Field Services for the Humane Rescue Alliance. “Cruelty to animals will not be tolerated and HRA officers are committed to prosecuting all abusers.”
Many of the animals have since been rehomed and adopters have reported improvements to the animal’s weight and skin.
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