A woman accused of leaving 21 cats in carriers and bins to starve and die in Winfield Township is facing 21 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty causing serious bodily injury or death.
Janice Lawniczak, the county's humane police officer, said Tamara Rusz left the animals to die on the rural Bear Creek Road property of her mother, Marilyn King. Upon investigating the scene, Lawniczak discovered mainly skeletal remains in the carriers, bins and garbage bags containing bins.
“It's the worst thing I've ever done,” said Lawniczak, whose position as humane officer is volunteer.
She said District Judge Sue Haggerty has issued a bench warrant for Rusz, who has no known address.
Anyone who sees or knows the whereabouts of Tamara Rusz, whose last known address was a post office box in Mars, should call 911, said Lawniczak.
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