Crime, Police/Fire

Pair indicted after 74 dead cats found inside Middle River home

MIDDLE RIVER, MD—Two Middle River residents have been indicted on 63 counts of aggravated animal cruelty, animal cruelty, and failure to provide food, drink, and care after police discovered 74 dead cats and rescued 150 live cats and other animals from inside their home.

Garriott J. Cox, 53, and Pamela Arrington, 51, of the 10000-block of Bird River Road (21220), were indicted on November 4, and were held in jail briefly beginning last Monday.

Cox was released on Tuesday and Arrington was released on Thursday.

Both posted $50,000 bail.

Baltimore County Police Department spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach told NottinghamMD that officials recovered 76 live cats and 15 dead cats from a shed in an October 9 search at the residence. Additional animals were recovered on October 17 after authorities obtained a second search warrant.

Some rescued cats have died since they were removed.

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Authorities encourage residents to adopt a cat at Baltimore County Animal Services. For more information, call 410-887-PAWS (7297).

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