Belfast police arrest two on cruelty to animals charges; cats and dogs rescued

Sun, 10/22/2023 - 8:30pm

    On October 13,, the Belfast Police Department received a complaint about the welfare of animals located at 37 Achorn Road in Belfast, according to an Oct. 22 news release from Police Chief Robert Cormier.

    That call began an investigation in which Police discovered several dogs and cats at the location, some in critical condition and all showing signs of malnutrition and abuse.

    Officers determined that all the animals needed immediate medical attention and would need to be transported to veterinary hospitals. As a result of the investigation, Belfast Police seized 13 animals and this week, made two arrests in the case.

    On October 20, Kyrsta Sweetland, 24, was arrested and charged with 13 counts of Cruelty to Animals.

    On October 21, Robert Debeck, 24, was arrested and charged with 13 counts of Cruelty to Animals Title 17-A 1031. Both are being held on $2,500 cash bail and scheduled to be arraigned on December 1 at 8:30 a.m. in Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast. 

    This case is still under investigation and anyone having additional information is asked to contact the Belfast Police Department at 207-338-2040.