Evesham, NJ – Local cops in Evesham nabbed Rebecca Halbach, 35, and Brandon Leconey, 32, after stumbling upon harsh animal abuse and a kid living in risky conditions. The duo is looking at second-degree charges for putting a child in danger and third-degree charges for mistreating animals.
The police swung into action after getting a tip about sickly and skinny dogs at the house. When they got there, they found a mix of living and dead animals. The inside of the house? A complete mess, filled with more than 30 dead dogs.
What’s more, a young kid was also found living in this disaster of a home. Polices took the child out of there, pronto, and now the New Jersey Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P) is looking after them.
All in all, the police found 14 dogs still kicking, a bunch of cats and rabbits, and over 30 dead dogs. Nine dogs got rushed to Mt. Laurel Animal Hospital, and some are really hanging by a thread. One poor pup had to be put down. Word is, maybe up to 100 dogs have died in that house, either found there or possibly buried nearby.
Now, the Evesham Township Police are teaming up with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office for the ongoing dig into this awful situation. Expect more charges about animal abuse once they’ve got a solid count on the number of dead dogs.
As for Leconey, he’s cooling his heels in Burlington County Jail. Halbach? She’s in the hospital getting checked out for something else. Both are staying put until a hearing at the Burlington County Superior Court decides what’s next.