A couple left their dogs unfed for two weeks in the basement of their Wilkes-Barre residence, police said.

Brian Shaffer, 39, and Irene Ogrodnick, 47, both of 99 Beech St., were each charged with simple assault, harassment and animal cruelty after police arrested them following a domestic dispute.

According to the affidavit filed by Wilkes-Barre police: The two dogs were unfed for two weeks in a basement where they lived among their own urine and feces. There was also no water. They were underweight, and one of them had an infected front paw that had been injured for two months.

Police responded to the residence Friday after receiving a call about a domestic dispute. Shaffer told them he was asleep when Ogrodnick came home from the bar and began throwing items at his head. He said she then punched him and ripped his shirt. Ogrodnick told police her boyfriend threw her around the living room, slamming her off the walls, and punched her in the eye. Police said both had visible injuries.

As police took the pair into custody, Shaffer told officers about the two dogs. Wilkes-Barre City animal control then removed the dogs from the residence.

Shaffer and Ogrodnick were jailed Saturday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility, each unable to pay $5,000 bail set by Magisterial District Judge Daniel O'Donnell. Their preliminary hearing are scheduled for Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Rick Cronauer.



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