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Montco couple faces animal cruelty charges for neglecting snakes, ferrets and frogs

November 29, 2018

By Staff

A couple who kept 258 exotic animals, including an endangered species of frog, in putrid conditions in upper Montgomery County face a litany of animal-abuse charges, investigators said Thursday.

Jason Wieder, 39, and Melanie Rehrig, 33, were arrested Monday, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office. They each face five counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, 23 counts of neglect to animals, two counts of possession of threatened or endangered species without a permit and related offenses, court records show.

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