Accused animal hoarder a no-show in court; warrant issued

Posted: 8:00 PM EDT Apr 09, 2013   Updated: 6:49 PM EDT Apr 10, 2013

A warrant has been issued for a woman who's wanted on animal cruelty and false imprisonment charges.

Mary Lou Petrucci did not show up for a scheduled court appearance Tuesday, officials said.

Petrucci held a 72-year-old man captive inside her home on Mineral Spring Road in Reading last year, authorities said.

Petrucci also stands accused of hoarding dozens of animals in the home.