VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Two people are wanted after police say 21 cats — one of which was dead — were removed from a Virginia Beach home in early October.
Virginia Beach police said dispatch received a call on Oct. 5 from someone concerned about the wellbeing of a dog and cats at a home on Morningside Court, off Newtown and Princess Anne roads.
Animal Control officers went to the home multiple times trying to contact the owner over a three-day period, with no success. A search warrant was obtained and executed Oct. 7, according to police.
Police said the 20 living cats were all suffering from starvation, dehydration, internal parasites and flea infestation. They were taken to Animal Control to be evaluated and treated.
All 20 cats have since been made made available for adoption.
Officers are now looking for two people in connection to this case. Richard M. Snow, Jr., 38, and Christina L. Snow, 37, are each facing three counts of animal cruelty, three counts of no rabies vaccine and three counts no city license.
Anyone with information that could help detectives is encouraged to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.