EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDUMPED ANIMALS INVESTIGATION
from Eyewitness News Online
Dead Animals, Trash Accumulating At Old Dump Site
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Mar. 11, 2013 12:33 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 12, 2013 9:21 AM EDT
Tornado , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Officials said they are growing weary of cleaning up an old dump site in Kanawha County that has been littered with trash and dead animals.
The site is along Smith Creek Road. The Division of Environmental Protection has spent thousands of dollars to keep the site clean and has even set up cameras to catch people who choose to litter there, but it keeps continuing.
When Eyewitness News visited the site Monday morning, a dead horse was tossed over the hill. Neighbors found what was believed to be dog carcasses over the weekend, but Natural Resources police confirmed the dead animals were skinned coyotes and foxes.
Either way, officials said it's illegal to dump carcasses and trash, and they are fed up.
"If we catch you doing it, we're definitely going to cite you or arrest you depending on the severity of the case," Jack Fayak of the West Virginia Natural Resources Police said. "If you see the sign up there, it's a pretty steep fine. And it also includes jail time."
Officials said you could face a $25,000 if you are caught polluting at this site.
Fayak said people can dispose of dead animals on their own property or someone else's property if they have a lawndowner's permission. He suggests they cover the dead animals with leaves or some type of compost. Fayak said small dead animals also can be placed and left for trash pickup by double bagging and leaving them at the curb.
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