Whispering Pines owners plead guilty to animal cruelty charge

Horst and Brenda Kunze, owners of the former Whispering Pines animal rescue in Waterville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an animal abuse charge after police seized more than 60 animals from the shelter in September.

Posted: Mar 11, 2020 10:44 AM
Updated: Mar 11, 2020 12:31 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Horst and Brenda Kunze, owners of the former Whispering Pines animal rescue in Waterville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an animal cruelty charge after police seized more than 60 animals from the shelter in September.

Both defendants pleaded guilty to failure to provide proper sustenance.

Police say the animals seized were found in unsanitary conditions, and witnesses also claimed to have received sick animals from the shelter.

They were both also charged with criminal possession of a firearm.

Horst and Brenda have been ordered to pay a $500 fine that will go to charity. They will also have to file with the Oneida County Animal Abuse Registry.

The two will appear in court on April 27 for sentencing.

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