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UPDATE: Police bust inadequate animal shelter in Tazewell County

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Photo: Tazewell County Sheriff's Department Photo: Tazewell County Sheriff's Department
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SPRINGVILLE (WVVA) - Police have busted a privately-run animal shelter after inspectors found 17 dogs living in a warehouse with no electricity or running water.

Authorities have contacted WVVA stating that foster families have been found for all the animals.

 

The owner of the shelter is charged with 17 counts of inadequate shelter.

Authorities say she has had run-ins with police before today's bust, when police received complaints of unsanitary living conditions.

Investigators said that they have been working this case since July. On Tuesday they were joined by state officials inspecting the shelter and, despite prior warnings, it still wasn't up to code.
Officials said the dogs were found to be well fed, but living in filth in makeshift pens that were held up by wire -- some with crates leaned against them, holding them up for reinforcement.

Police said that when they entered the building for inspection, it was a cold 38 degrees.

The warehouse is located in Springville, just off of Route 460.

Major Harold Heatley with the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department says the woman charged meant well, and was caring for the animals to prevent them from being taken to a kill shelter.

If a proper facility is found for her, and she keeps conditions up to code, she may be able to remain open.

If you are interested in adopting any of these animals contact the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department.

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