PRESTON ANIMAL ABUSE Four People Arrested In Preston County After Emaciated Animals Found
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 19, 2012 1:56 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 19, 2012 3:10 PM EST
Photo Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States
Rowlesburg, Preston County
, West Virginia
Four people were arrested in Preston County when more than 70 emaciated animals were discovered in Rowlesburg.
George Moats Jr., Terry Bennett, Richard Moats and Tonya Moats were arrested Friday after deputies and humane officials found 29 emaciated dogs, 14 cats, five guinea pigs, two pot belly pigs, 20 chickens and a goat, according to a news release from the Preston County Sheriff’s Office.
The release said the animals were examined and found to be without food and water, were suffering from diseases and were living on top of mounds of feces and garbage. At least two of the animals died from fighting each other.
The animals were seized, and the four suspects were taken into custody.
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