Couple faces trial for animal cruelty

March 20, 2009 8:36:52 AM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania woman and her boyfriend who ran a purported cat sanctuary have been ordered to stand trial on animal cruelty and drug charges. Virginia Justiniano and her boyfriend, Andy Oxenrider, operated the Cats With No Name Sanctuary, a cat rescue facility in Pine Grove Township, near Pottsville.

The two are accused of stockpiling donated cat food and reselling some of it at auctions to finance drug binges while leaving dozens of animals to go hungry.

Police arrested the couple in January and said they found cat carcasses piled in boxes or frozen, and other animals starving. At least 85 cats have died.

Justiniano and Oxenrider waived a preliminary hearing Thursday. Police say more charges are pending.


Information from: The Morning Call

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