Three people charged with four counts of animal cruelty in Preston County

KINGWOOD — Three people  have been charged with four counts each of animal cruelty after cats were found emaciated, dehydrated and dead in a house on Yorks Run Road.

Free on  $8,000 bail each are  Tia Dawn McDaniel, 18, of Newburg; Andrew A. Rowand, 77, of Grafton; and Freda Gay McDaniel, 58, of Newburg. According to  criminal complaints by Preston Deputy First Class B.E. Hovatter:

A witness told police when a dead cat was relinquished to him for cremation he found the cat locked in a small pet carrier and no one living at the home but other cats living there.

The deputy obtained a search warrant and found two underweight  cats. A third cat was dead in a closet. There was no heat or running water in the home. He found only one can of cat food and no water. All but one of the  cats was confined in a cage or bedroom.

He took the two live and two dead cats to a veterinarian, who said all were emaciated, dehydrated and had medical issues. The McDaniels and Rowand had been in the house within the last month.

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