Update: Police Charge Danville Dog Owner With Several Animal Cruelty Charges

Update Friday noon:

Danville, VA - Danville police have charged Paula Snipes Easley, 43, with several animal cruelty charges after officials found her dog chained to the ground Tuesday.

According to police, Easley was charged with the following violations:

  • Care of animals by owner
  • Cruelty to animals
  • Unlawful tethering of any animal
  • Adequate space for animals
  • Unlicensed dog
  • Unvaccinated dog.

Police say the dog displayed severe signs of trauma from the neck as well as being malnourished.

The dog is being treated by a veterinarian.


Danville, VA - Police have filed cruelty and neglect charges against a Danville dog owner after the dog was found tied with serious injuries.

According to police reports, officers found a white, female pitbull chained to the ground with less than a foot of chain. The dog couldn't walk or move its head. The chain was embedded in the neck, causing severe injury.

The police report also said flies and maggots covered the wound. The dog was underweight and also had wounds on her legs and body.

Officials took the dog to a local veterinary clinic where she is being treated. She may need surgery for the neck injury.

Cruelty to animals in Virginia is a misdemeanor.

The Danville Area Humane Society has petitioned the General District Court for a custody hearing on Wednesday, September 11, at 2:30 p.m.