Monday, December 21, 2009

Phoenixville: Diana Greiner

Dec 21, 2009: Phoenixville woman charged with neglect and hoarding


PHOENIXVILLE — As part of the Chester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' job, officials investigate complaints of pet abuse.

Some cases, such as the one of Diana Greiner, involve neglect and hoarding.

The Chester County SPCA filed 11 animal cruelty citations against Greiner, a Schuylkill resident. A hearing took place regarding Greiner's case on Nov. 4 before Magisterial District Judge Theodore Michaels of Phoenixville.

In August, Chester County SPCA Humane Society Police Officer Cheryl Shaw arrived at Greiner's home to investigate a complaint of animal cruelty. Shaw encountered Greiner in the backyard and they proceeded into the home together.

"There was an overwhelming amount of clutter and used newspapers," said Shaw. "The smell was atrocious."

Shaw described the odor as musty with fecal and urine smells. Amidst the clutter in the dark garage, there was a dirty crate with two dogs in it, said Shaw.

"There was a lot of shredded newspapers and filth," she said..." More