The jury trial of an animal cruelty case, against 2 Frederick residents, gets underway Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in Frederick County Circuit Court.
Christopher Stone and Danielle Krull each face 24 charges alleging that they failed to provide proper veterinary care for 8 dogs that they abandoned near Ijamsville in 2010. "We're crushed everytime we hear of an animal cruelty case. We don't understand how a person can think to hurt an animal," said Mary McCormack, President of the Animal Welfare League of Frederick County.
After the adult dog and 7 puppies were found abandoned along Prices Distillery Road on December 14, 2010, investigators discovered that they were suffering from weight loss and skin conditions. "When you've neglected them and abandoned them on the side of the road, there are so many groups that you can reach out to before you get in over your head with an animal."
The adult male was euthanized a short time later after it was determined that it had serious medical problems. Five of the puppies were adopted out and the other two were rescued by the Animal Welfare League.
McCormack said she and other volunteers from her agency will be attending the trial on Wednesday in support of animals who have no voice.