Grand jury indicts four in NJ animal cruelty case

A Cape May County, NJ grand jury has indicted four people on multiple animal cruelty charges in connection with a raid on a purported dog "rescue" last month.

Dawn Scheld, 46, and Leroy Thomas, 46, were arrested after SPCA police raided their home on Dec. 18 and found 57 dogs - most of them sick or injured -  living in filth. At least six dead dogs were found buried near the kennel area. Police also charged the couple's children, Kevin Scheld, 23, and Leann Thomas.

Scheld, who made regular trips to North Carolina to pick up dogs from high-kill shelters, spent several weeks in jail unable to post bail. Meanwhile, as vet bills mount, the couple has refused to surrender the dogs

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