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McDowell County man charged with animal cruelty resulting in death

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IAEGER (WVVA) - A McDowell County man has been charged with three counts of cruelty to animals resulting in death after allegedly starving three dogs to death.

Investigators say Joshua Brett Maxwell, 29, of Iaeger starved a mother dog and two pups to death.

On Tuesday, the sheriff's office responded to a report of a starved dog at the suspect's residence. Upon arrival the responding deputy discovered three dogs apparently starved to death.

The deputy states in the criminal complaint that the dogs appeared to have been dead for several days. There was no food or water bowls in reach of the dog, the deputy said.

Maxwell is currently jailed on an unrelated charge.

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