Local animal rescue owner facing hoarding charges


ROANOKE Co., Va. (WSET) - A Roanoke County animal rescue owner is facing charges after police say there were 15 dogs on her property.

Roanoke County Police say several people were posting on social media that Forever Home Animal Rescue on Chaparral Drive was hoarding animals.

Police went to the property Monday and say all of the dogs were in good health.

According to Roanoke County Code, it's unlawful to have more than three dogs unless a person has been approved for a kennel license.

Police say the woman does not have a business license, can no longer act as an animal rescue organization in the county, and was told to comply with the code.

She is charged with kennel violation, no county tags, no rabies vaccination, no rabies certificate, unsanitary conditions, and responsible animal care.

Many of the posts claimed the house was in terrible condition, however, officials say the unsanitary conditions are related to the smell of dog urine.

Officers are aware of the photos that have been circulating social media, but did not find those conditions when the home was searched, according to officials.

Police say the dogs are being removed form the home, and several citizens and organizations have already come forward to place them.

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