Justice for Hundreds of Allegedly Neglected Animals Freed From Home

Target: Lauren Marvel, Assistant District Attorney for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Goal: Prosecute couple accused of mistreating hundreds of animals, including two endangered frogs, to the fullest extent to the law.

Over 250 animals were freed from the home of an Upper Hanover, Pennsylvania couple. The couple was allegedly moving the animals into the Upper Hanover house from a separate location that was already under investigation. The police received a tip about possible animal cruelty in October and were able to execute a search warrant later that month. At the property they found 258 animals. The Mercury reports that there were, “alligators, tortoises, turtles, snakes, frogs, skunks, guinea pigs and rats” among the animals discovered. Two endangered Southern Leopard Frogs were allegedly removed from the property as well.

Law enforcement officials reported that the animals were in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. One snake, two tortoises, and two guinea pigs were reportedly euthanized after their rescue due to the severity of their conditions. Police report that most of the animals were severely dehydrated and appeared to have never received veterinary care. The couple, Melanie Rehrig and Jason Wieder, are being charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, neglect, failure to provide adequate sustenance and shelter, and illegal possession of endangered species without a permit.

Please sign this petition to demand that this case of alleged animal abuse is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


Dear Ms. Marvel,

A couple in your county allegedly housed 258 animals in inadequate conditions in their home. A search warrant at the property of Melanie Rehrig and Jason Wieder uncovered what appeared to be a vast system of animal neglect and possible trafficking. Officials report finding a wide variety of animals including, “alligators, tortoises, turtles, snakes, frogs, skunks, guinea pigs and rats” on the property. Local police claim the animals were living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. All of the animals were allegedly dehydrated and had not received any veterinary care.

Out of the 258 animals, the couple also allegedly owned two Southern Leopard Frogs which are an endangered species. One snake, two tortoises, and two guinea pigs reportedly had to be euthanized due to the critical condition they were found in. The couple is currently being charged with over 500 counts of animal abuse, including two counts of illegally possessing and threatening an endangered species. As you are in charge of this case please use your authority to ensure these animals receive justice. I demand that you prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bob Warrick

One Comment

  1. Derinda Nilsson says:

    PLEASE! don’t allow this evil couple from owning any pet of any kind again. Rotten no good evil monsters like this get away with abusing and neglecting animals all to often. It really is sad.

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