Two people are facing criminal charges following horrific allegations of animal mistreatment.
Teresa Spaeth, 34, and Joshua Gray, 20, are both charged with two counts of mistreating an animal resulting in death, and five counts of mistreating an animal.
On August 20, a detective from the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department and the Environmental Health Manager for the Waupaca County Department of Health & Human Services began an investigation after a concerned citizen said the tenants of a home in Scandinavia had vacated, leaving behind two dog carcasses. Investigators say the inside of the home was covered in feces and a special suit had to be worn just to enter the property. The property did also not have electricity due to the tenants not paying the bill.
Investigators said the bodies of the deceased animals appeared to be in advanced stages of decomposition, and were described as being “mummified”.
According to the criminal complaint, when asked if Gray and Spaeth had moved out leaving dead dogs inside the property, Spaeth told investigators they had.
Spaeth stated they had two Beagles named Charlie and Chase. She said Charlie and Chase were born with a rare condition that caused them to have seizures. Spaeth said the dogs died of seizures approximately three to four months ago. Spaeth stated both Charlie and Chase were put in the bathroom by Gray after they died. Spaeth also told investigators Gray put Charlie in a cooler outside on the porch at the property. She said stated Charlie should still be there.
Spaeth also told investigators, the dogs' mother, Lucy, died sometime over the winter. She said they could not bury her outside because the ground was frozen. Spaeth stated about one week after Lucy died, Lucy’s three puppies also died. Spaeth stated Lucy and her three puppies are in the freezer at the residence, according to court documents.
Spaeth also told investigators there was another dog in the bathroom at the residence. She said that dog is a female miniature Pincher named Cleo. Spaeth told investigators the dog was about 17-years-old and had died of old age four months ago.
Spaeth told investigators she and Gray moved out of the home at the beginning of June, but initially were not able to bring their four dogs to the new place. She told a deputy they would return to the property every two-and-a-half to three days to check on the dogs.
Spaeth said on July 15 the four surviving dogs were brought to the new place. A deputy noted the new property had feces on the floor, and at the time the dogs' dishes were empty.
Both Gray and Spaeth are free on signature bonds. A judge ordered they may not have any pets or animals.
Both will return to court on September 26.
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