LAPORTE COUNTY | A Westville man faces additional charges and now his wife has been arrested for alleged neglect of animals.
Kurt and Peggy Norem were arrested Sunday night on warrants.
Kurt Norem was charged with four additional counts of Class A misdemeanor animal neglect on top of the single charge of animal neglect for which he was arrested more than two weeks ago.
Peggy Norem was taken into custody on five Class A misdemeanor counts of animal neglect.
According to LaPorte County police, Kurt Norem was cleaning a chicken he had just butchered on his lot when officers showed up with the arrest warrants.
The case against the couple began on May 4 when sheriff's deputies were called to the D & B Trailer Park in the 7900 block of W. U.S. 6 and found a very thin dog on the Norems' lot with a swollen left eye and cuts on the front of its legs and nose.
According to police, Norem told officers he had beaten the dog because the animal was supposed to protect his chickens but wound up killing one of the birds.
Ten days later, police and animal control authorities went back to the residence, and during a search of a boarded up trailer with no water or electric hook ups, found three female Dachshunds in a single small plastic crate and a Belgian malinois in a large metal cage.
According to police, there was no food or water left for the dogs and they were subject to very warm conditions in the trailer, which was sealed up except for a tiny window that was open.
LaPorte County Animal Control director Jane Bernard said the Dachshunds were in a carrier adequate for housing just one dog. She also said they were covered in urine.
Bernard said the four dogs were in much better shape from a nutrition standpoint than the first dog found beaten, which has returned to normal weight.
All five of the animals remain in the care of the shelter, Bernard said.