SALEM, Ore. – A Salem couple was arrested after deputies said they found 35 cats that had been kept in a U-Haul for three days without food or water.
The cats were kept inside laundry baskets which were zip tied together. Deputies said three cats died while they were inside the U-Haul.
Richard Kleimeier, 52, a city of Salem employee, and his wife Jenny Kleimeier, 46, a state of Oregon employee, were charged with three counts each of animal neglect 1 and 32 counts each of animal neglect 2.
The cats were discovered Thursday afternoon by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The agency had been contacted by the Salem Police Department to investigate a possible case of animal abuse. When deputies arrived at the residence in the 4800 block of Carolina Avenue NE, they said they found the cats inside the U-Haul with no food or water.
The Kleimeiers were released from Marion County Jail and ordered to appear in court Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Circuit Court Annex on Aumsville Highway.
The cats were surrendered to the Willamette Humane Society for treatment of various health issues believed to be related to their neglect.