Sheriff: 32 dogs found in 'disgusting' conditions in Tazewell Co., puppy mill suspected
TAZEWELL Co., Va. (WSET) -- Officials in Tazewell County conducted a search warrant Friday on a residence on Stinson Ridge Road regarding a possible puppy mill.
Upon arrival deputies said they discovered 32 dogs that were malnourished, flea ridden and worm infested as well as standing in fecal and urine soaked cages throughout the residence.
“The conditions these animals were placed in was disgusting and beyond imagine, we will work with the Commonwealth’s Attorney to bring a myriad of charges against the owners,” said Sheriff Brian Hieatt.
Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office Code Enforcement Deputies will bring multiple charges against the owners for failure to vaccinate, failure to license, failure to provide adequate medical treatment, abuse and neglect and other charges.
According to officials, of the 32 dogs, 3 had to be transported for emergency medical treatment and the remaining dogs will be housed at the Tazewell County Animal Shelter until a determination by the courts can be made.
They said the residence is being reviewed by the Building Inspector for possible Condemnation since there were large amounts of fecal matter, urine, dog food, and dirt throughout the residence and the roof was collapsing in certain areas of the house.
The names of the owners are not yet being released as they have not been officially charged.
According to officials, the female owner has been charged in 2008 and again in 2015 with criminal charges relating to Animal Charges.