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New division targets animal complaints in Tazewell Co.

Deputies Patterson, Long and Cole of the new Code Enforcement Division Deputies Patterson, Long and Cole of the new Code Enforcement Division
Kimberly Nunley Kimberly Nunley
Seized alligator Seized alligator

TAZEWELL (WVVA) - A new division of the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department has been busy enforcing animal regulations in the county.

The new division was created by the Board of Supervisors to handle animal complaints, litter problems and illegal junkyards, among other things, according to a release from the Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Brian Hieatt says that the officers have made an impact in the county during the first three months of the new division.

Statistics from the office show that the officers have responded to 311 animal complaints, 18 animal attacks and nine calls of livestock in the highway in the three months that the Code Enforcement Division has been up and running.

In the last week alone, Hieatt says the officers have picked up 12 stray dogs, two horses and two alligators.

Officers have impounded a total 136 dogs, in addition to the two horses and two gators.

At least three people have been charged with animal cruelty, and possible charges are stemming from the Tazewell County residence where one of the alligators was taken.

The residence, located on Governor G.C. Peery Highway, also contained three dogs, five cats, and three dead Sugar Gliders.

A sugar glider is small, gliding marsupial.

One county resident, Kimberly Nunley, of North Tazewell, is being held on $5,000 bond at Southwest Regional Jail after deputies investigated the death of an animal she owned.

In addition to animal issues, Hieatt says the new officers will also be targeting littering and illegal dump sites in the county.

If you have an animal or litter concern, you can contact the Code Enforcement Division of the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office at 276-988-1160.

If you're interested in adopting one of the dogs that have been impounded, you can contact the Tazewell County Animal Shelter at 276-988-5795.

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