Thursday, July 3, 2014
Black Canyon City man accused of cruelty to rats
BLACK CANYON CITY, Ariz.
A man is accused of animal cruelty after hundreds of domesticated rats were found dead or dying in a north-central Arizona travel trailer.
Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say 28-year-old Jeffrey Wendorff was arrested Monday on suspicion of cruel mistreatment of animals and neglect/abandonment of animals.
County Health Services officials say they got a call about numerous rats around a trailer in Black Canyon City.
Deputy sheriffs and county animal-control officers say there were 300 to 500 rats in pens at the front and back of the trailer and the odor was overwhelming.
Inside the trailer, authorities found several aquariums with newborn and adult rats.
Wendorff told authorities he had stopped caring for the rats recently but had been in a business partnership to breed and sell rats.
Police: Burglary suspect made getaway in kayak
Police used a boat to catch a burglary suspect who made his getaway in a kayak in southern Minnesota.
The 31-year-old man from Austin, Minn., was arrested Sunday as he tried to kayak away from a restaurant, purportedly with stolen items.
Police say the restaurant was closed when an employee giving a tour interrupted a burglary.
Officers found two people in kayaks on the Cedar River and got one to talk to them. That information led police to believe the second man was involved in the burglary.
Police got a fire-department boat and were able to catch the kayaker.