Two Harbors man charged with animal cruelty
A 68-year-old Two Harbors man was charged today with six crimes for allegedly mistreating dozens of cats. Edward Todd Stoehr is charged with two felony counts of cruelty to animals, one count of misdemeanor maltreatment of animals and three count...
A 68-year-old Two Harbors man was charged today with six crimes for allegedly mistreating dozens of cats.
Edward Todd Stoehr is charged with two felony counts of cruelty to animals, one count of misdemeanor maltreatment of animals and three counts of misdemeanor failure to adequately care for animals.
"We are serious about prosecuting animal cruelty cases," St. Louis County Attorney Melanie Ford said in a prepared statement. "Defenseless animals suffer greatly and we will pursue justice in this case."
Stoehr has been summoned to make his first appearance in St. Louis County District Court on May 20.
The complaint alleges that on March 15, Duluth Township police and personnel from the Minnesota Humane Society executed a search warrant on Stoehr's property at 1848 Korkki Road.
The officers reported that there were no lights on, and no windows, ventilation or fresh food or water in the pole building.
Twenty live cats were found, two of which had to be euthanized. Portable kennels were in poor condition and litter boxes were overflowing. A veterinarian determined that the cats' basic needs were not being met, and could have caused premature death.
The officers also found 39 dead cats in bags and containers outside the pole building. The animal recovery team then went to Stoehr's residence and removed 34 live cats. A veterinarian conducted necropsies on three cats and found that two of them died from emaciation from not eating for an extended period of time. Other live cats were found that suffered from various diseases allegedly due to improper treatment by Stoehr.
Law enforcement officers said Stoehr admitted that he was the caretaker of the cats and had disposed of the numerous dead cats found on the premises.