Two Facing 14 Counts Of Animal Abuse Located And Arrested
UPDATED Friday, March 10 11:10am
Londonderry Police acting on a tip went to an address in Londonderry Thursday and located
Meghan Williams. Also living in the house at the time was 59-year-old Robert Gerhold. Williams and Gerhold are unaccounted for and wanted on 14 counts of Animal Cruelty.
Police say the case dates back to October 2022, when Manchester Police responded to 312 Seames Drive for a report of abandoned animals in a foreclosed home. A neighbor had told police that he had not seen the owner in at least two weeks and could see multiple cats through a window.
Responding officers could smell a strong odor of ammonia coming through an open window. Inside they could see furniture flipped over, torn up, and covered in feces. They also saw a deceased cat in the corner. Several extremely thin cats could be seen on a couch. They did not look well and appeared to be missing fur. Police found no food or water left out for the animals.
Manchester Police Animal Control located and removed ten cats suffering from serious health issues and four deceased from inside the home.
Police learned that the home's owner was Meghan Williams, 42 Also living in the house at the time was Robert Gerhold. Williams, 59. Manchester Police issued 14 warrants for animal cruelty for the couple.
Londonderry Police went to an address on Holly Lane at about 5:30 p.m. in an attempt to make contact with the two suspects. Meghan Williams, 42, and Robert Gerhold. Williams, 59. were both taken into custody by officers.
It is unclear if the couple was living at the Holly Lane location or just found at that location.
The two suspects were booked by Londonderry Police and will be turned over to Manchester Police. Londonderry Police Patrick Cheetham said they did not have any new charges from Londonderry.
Both Williams and Gerhold face 14 counts of Animal Cruelty. They were released on $5000 PR and are scheduled for arraignment on April 12th in Manchester Circuit Court.