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Man cited in animal case

Wayne County
Jun. 14, 2013 @ 12:27 AM

WAYNE — A Wayne County man is facing multiple misdemeanor citations in connection with lacking registration and poor conditions at a dog kennel along W.Va. 152, located midway between Lavalette and Wayne.

Authorities visited the kennel this week based upon complaints that dogs at the address were being abused, said Jim Cumm, director of the Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Control Shelter.

Those investigating found a total of 15 dogs, two of which were deceased puppies still laying in their kennel. Cumm said authorities also observed feces and urine present in all of the kennels, which consisted of wooden floors and chain link fencing.

Each of the living dogs was seized from the property and taken to the Animal Control Shelter, located along James River Road in Huntington. They will be kept there until the court orders their return to the owner or allows for their adoption.

Cumm did not describe the animals as having been abused, instead saying the case amounted to poor living conditions, a lack of necessary veterinary care and a failure to obtain proper licensing and registration.

“The overall incident is the number of dogs being housed without proper, continuous care and the living environment is not conducive for an animal living in those conditions,” he said.

Indications were the dogs, all Patterdale Terriers, were kept as part of a breeding operation. Cumm said the owner maintained a website and would sell the animals for between $700 and $1,000.

Cumm said authorities found no evidence of the kennel being registered with state officials, as required by state law. They also found no existence of tax and/or rabies tags for the individual dogs.

Regardless of the dogs’ living environment, Cumm said a failure to adhere to those regulations would merit seizure of the animals.

Cumm described the dogs as well-behaved and in good overall health, although some are receiving treatment for an infection consistent with living conditions at the kennel.

Attempts to contact the owner were unsuccessful.

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