Two Belfast residents are facing charges after 13 animals were removed from their home, showing signs of neglect.

What Condition Were the Animals in When They Were Found?

The investigation into the residents of 37 Acorn Road in Belfast began after Belfast Police received a complaint on October 13th about the welfare of a number of animals that lived there. Belfast Police Chief Robert Cormier says officers went to the location and discovered several dogs and cats in immediate need of medical attention. Police say the animals were showing signs of malnutrition and abuse, and some were in critical condition. 13 animals were removed from the home and transported to veterinary hospitals for treatment.

Have Police Released the Names of the Suspects?

As a result of the investigation, two people have been charged:

  • Kyrsta Sweetland, 20, of Belfast, was arrested on October 20th and charged with 13 counts of cruelty to animals.
  • Robert DeBeck, 24, of Belfast, was arrested on October 21st and charged with 13 counts of cruelty to animals.

Belfast Police report both people are being held on $2,500 cash bail and are scheduled to be arraigned on December 1st in Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast.

Who Do We Contact If We Can Provide Information About the Case?

The case remains under investigation and Belfast Police hope to hear from anyone who thinks they may have information pertinent to this case. They can be reached at 338-2040.

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